Saturday, September 07, 2013
I knew I wanted to work with Ben and Jessica from their first email inquiry. Ben wrote to me that he was "looking for a photographer who gets that weddings are about people and not about centerpieces. I saw your work and said to myself, 'he gets it!' " I've never heard a more succinct summary of my approach to wedding photography, felt very flattered, and was excited when Ben and Jess decided to hire me a few weeks later.
The ceremony and reception were both held at Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, and were so full of action and joy that I almost broke my shutter finger trying to keep up. During the portraits to the ketubah signing, from the kabbalat panim and grooms tish to the chuppah and the reception, everything was smiles and hugs and love, and I felt myself carried along by all the energy--until ready to collapse at the end of the night. Fortunately I had lots of help from my lovely wife and second shooter, Karen Alvarez, and my good friend and fellow professional photographer Michael Temchine (who I sometimes second for).
Below, a few photos from a truly memorable day.
Signing of the ketubah or Jewish wedding contract.
At Jess' kabbalat panim, everyone sang songs.
Ben's tish, photo by Michael Temchine
The mothers of the bride and groom break a plate at the groom's tish. Photo by Michael Temchine
Ben gets a little emotional seeing Jess at the bedecken. This photo by my wife Karen.
Ben and his father hug.
As you can see, Jess has a great sense of humor and was a blast to photograph.
Photo on the right by Michael Temchine.
Accidentally stepped in front of the videographer to get this shot. Sorry, Jim!
Wedding are about people and not centerpieces as Ben said in his email, but they still had some really nice centerpieces so I had to take a few photos!
Photos by Michael Temchine
A singer from the Bachelor Boys Band.
Here's some of my fellow wedding vendors who helped make this event a big success:
Caterer: Betty the Caterer Bettythecaterer.com
Videographer: Jim Skipper, Black Tie Video (I've worked with Jim a lot and he's great!)
Florist: Emily Harmon lovebloomshere.com firstname.lastname@example.org