This wedding season, I started something new. Second shooting with high end New England Area Photographers.
Although Dan and I shoot most weddings together, neither of us are pegged as the second shooter role. I hadn’t been his second shooter since the first wedding I shot 2 years ago.
Second shooting is great! Less work, and it’s great to know that I’m getting someone’s back, versus running the show and feeling the pressure all the time~ just kidding… slightly. =) There are definitely wonderful sides to second shooting, not to mention to work with these respected, well established photographers, and be inspired by their hard work, experience, and knowledge. Also, due to my recent surgery, second shooting was a great way to keep my self photographing without accruing additional editing work to my palette. Among the several photographers I got to work with, I had the pleasure of working with Brittany Blando, who’s also the founder of Beantown Brides a blog site dedicated to New England, Boston area weddings, and brides.
There was something definitely unique to covering the groom getting ready, I’m more used to capturing the bride. But sure enough, there were plenty details to capture.
Walking out the Boston Seaport.
They can pull off stern, silly, traditional, boy-band, men-in-black, james bond, GQ, and just keep going!One of the groomsmen let me take a shot of his independent fashion statement~ Kelly arriving at the church with her Dad. as the best man speech said, Kelly couldn’t be any more cute. again, heart melting… I lost it when they danced to Boyz-II-Men’s Mama… later in the receptionEach of the bridal party ladies had a unique shoe color to pull off, and the groomsmen pocket squares matched their shoe color. Love the details!
While catching up on past sessions…
I met Karen at a wedding event I was photographing earlier in the summer. She had the kindest smile, and turned to me while I was weaving the crowd, and said that I have the best job, capturing people’s joys. I was impressed at the way she worded her comments as well as her elegant demeanor. We shared our love for photography, and introduced our selves, and later reconnected through facebook. Since then, she’s been nothing but supportive and encouraging towards my own well being as well as my photography. Short months later, she asked me to do a portrait session of her with her pup, Miles down in NYC. I was thrilled!
Not only does Karen work to help people rise above addiction at the Phoenix House, she rescued this sweet dog from a life unfit for any animal. I’ve heard this situation in some of the far away states where people abandon their dogs in the forest, and others go out there to play ‘target practice’ on them. The two dogs I’ve met with this history have been the most sweet, gentle mannered, beautiful creatures, I can’t swallow what cruelty is out there…
Enjoy the beauty of Karen and Miles, and their loving family. We started the session in Karen’s place near central park, and strolled down to Miles’ favorite spots in central park. Miles is a sweet-sweet creature, and his gentleness reminds me of Lady from Lady and the Tramp~ During the session, I was so touched when he set right up against my knee and let me pet him, it felt like nice therapy =)
I grew up part of my life around an extended family, where men were valued over women. I’m not blaming all my hair-raising sensitive views on “equal-value-between-the-genders” view to be in reaction to that, since in my own immediate family there were no hints of that. But having the name “Jules” can humorously be mistaken for a guy’s name on paper. Julius and Julian can be shortened to Jules, I know… the gender neutrality is one more reason I appreciate my name, but every once in a while I do get mistaken to be a Mister.
I’m not into cutesy things, but I do have occasional fun with a little Disney Princesses outlet. The extent of this stops at having some of the DVD’s and all the princess soundtracks up to Mulan. But my personal checks are also of a Disney castle collection. =) Might as well have some fun when sending money away, right? But small organizations have received a check from me and would send me a mail addressed to a Mr. Jules… =p. Really? Was it the name, or the check, or the fact that I was paying the bill? =p
In my first career, Industrial design, the field used to be 10% women. So I worked hard to beat the odds. I guess I find it a little ironic that in the photography field, the old ratio was similar, but in the recent times, women have had equal footing, if not more, thanks to their general appreciation for wedding beauties, and love for babies. I do every once in a while get inquiries addressed to a Mr. Jules, though. I guess most of us grew up with a man-photographer covering our family portraits and our relatives’ weddings. But the reality is that majority of the times, women are the target clients for this business.
Brides connect with photographers who understand their physical concerns and make them look and feel beautiful. Not to mention changing into their gowns in front of a woman photographer has noticeable comfort over the other gender, (though, not a deal breaker). Similar to mom’s in family portraits. If there’s an image where everyone looks great, but mom doesn’t look her best, forget about it, that image isn’t selling. So ladies, go ahead. I have no gender biases.
On another note, while preparing for this past weekend’s Bat Mitzvahs, I was bewildered to notice that leaves had started falling! Is summer gone?
A sneak peek into Hannah’s Bat Mitzvah:
I photographed a friend’s baby shower and compiled the images into an album. Then the friend’s husband who’s also a good friend, took that album and took it to work, and showed it to his boss. His boss then hired me to photograph their eldest daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. But since the Bat Mizvah was a year away, we had plenty of time to do a family portrait. Pam, the mom and my friend’s boss, also expressed that her younger daughters, twins, hadn’t had any formal portraits taken since they were very little.
So last winter (yes, this is a long overdue), I visited Pam and Dave’s home and met 3 very precocious, and welcoming girls in the midst of beautiful winter afternoon. Twins K & S were 9 years old at the time, and allowed me to capture some candids before the facial expressions started flowing.