It was the end of the wedding. We were taking formal pictures of the wedding party by a river. We had waited until the end of the day to take these, in case someone fell in. We got some great shots and we were just about to leave for the after party.
It was about 3:30 in October, so the sun was in that great “through the trees” stage. I said something along the lines of “OH MY GOSH, DON’T MOVE!” I stooped down and said, eh, I don’t know if the light is right or if it will turn out. I think I started to leave….but Bret suggested I try it anyway.
So back I went to the “frog pretzel” photographer pose. (note: If this term has not been used yet, I call dibs.) Posed my couple to kiss RIGHT where the sun was coming through….that’s always fun, eh? “Ok, WHILE kissing, move your bodies this way!”
Snapped a few frames, called it a day.
When all was said and done, the picture was amazing. One of the best I’ve ever taken. Not just last year, but ever. So, the lesson is….always take the shot (unless it puts you or your clients/family/friends in danger). You could take it figuratively too….always take the leap, make the call, play the game….you might end up with something to be exceedingly proud of.
* Special thanks to Rebekah Thorsett for reminding me of this moment a few days ago. (I love that I see/hang out my brides regularly! When I say I like to be friends with my clients, I mean it!)
Without further ado…..
um excuse me but I believe you and Bret take the shot even when it puts yourselves in danger. Need I remind you of the middle of Belair Road…
Ha ha! Very true. Ok, a rephrase….
“When you take the shot, ensure that if it is a potentially dangerous situation, you take every precaution.”
Better? I mean, we did look both ways…. 😉