At every wedding, myself and the Wasabi team work to make the best possible photos for our couples. I say team, because it really is a team effort to create unique, storytelling images. I like to remind people, as photojournalists we “put the camera where it needs to be.” We also end up doing lots of weird things to help our couples and make great photos – such as chasing away geese, moving scooters or carrying 10′ ladders to get the perfect high angle. We trim weeds and rearrange furniture. We end up adjusting bow-ties and assisting with boutonnières – so many that we carry our own pins for them.
We started sharing these behind-the-scene images in 2018, because I think it’s important to show just how much effort we put into a wedding day and to prove that, yes, it is possible to hike mountains in dress shoes. I definitely recommend the Cole Haans though!
None of this would be possible without more than a little help from my friends. Thanks to assistants Amanda Schwengel and Laura McDermott for their help on wedding days and with engagement sessions. Thanks to second shooters Sarah Nader and Mark Burch.
And, of course, thanks to Denver Wedding Photographer Justin Edmonds. We fly back and forth from Chicago to Denver enough that we know our regular flight numbers (UA 781, UA2015, UA301 and UA707 are our favorites if you’re scoring at home). I also have to thank all of the wonderful vendors that we work with throughout the year. From planners to DJs, there’s a lot of moving parts to a wedding day.
It’s amazing to look back at how much fun we had this year. And of course that’s because of all of the wonderful couples that chose us to document their day. Having awesome people that trust us makes all the difference.
So as I had into 2020, and approach my 200th wedding (I know, right!) I’m more excited than ever to be doing this work!