Wednesday, July 03, 2013
I was second shooter for my old pal Michael Temchine for Josh and Dana's wedding. We've known each other since the good old days in the freelance trenches of Washington, DC, where we both used to shoot a lot for the Washington Post. This is to say, we know and trust in each other's abilities, can read each other's mind a bit and work really well together.
Being a second shooter is a nice break. It allows you to breath a bit easier knowing that you are not ultimately responsible for producing all the great photos the couple expects. It also gives you extra time to be creative and try new things. You really shouldn't attempt that funky motion blurred first dance photo if you're the only photographer, but if Mike's got that covered why not give it a try?
This event was held at the beautiful Hilton Hotel in Pearl River, New York. The chuppah was set up on a wide lawn behind the hotel (fortunately the weather was perfect), with the reception held inside in a large, elegant ballroom. Before the wedding, I covered the ladies in the kabbalat panim, while Mike photographed the men's tisch. Later during the ceremony, Mike photographed events under the chuppah while I got to look for pictures "around the edges". At the reception, Mike and I bounced back and forth on different sides of the mehitza, photographing both the men and women's dancing.
As is often the case with Jewish weddings, there was a ton of emotion, happy faces overflowing with joy--and so lots to photograph. At the end of the night we were exhausted, but feeling very satisfied with our photos.
Josh and Dana's first look.
The kabbalat panim, where guests greet the bride before the ceremony. Lots of great emotion here!
Josh approaches Dana at the bedecken, where he makes sure it is really her under the veil!
A prayer during the bedecken.
Josh dances away from the bedecken with male wedding guests.
Josh and his parents ready to go outside for the ceremony.
Josh and Dana dance down the aisle after their ceremony.
Dancing the hora.
No shortage of cute kids at this wedding!