Somewhere along the way I learned that as a wedding photographer I didn’t always need to keep myself out of the picture. Yes that is my hand in the foreground and yes I did drink that shot of tequila at 11am. In the center is Brian Leahy, the groom and keeper of the excellent blog The Groom Says. A year earlier I did engagement portraits around Brooklyn with Brian and his now-wife Joanna so when I showed up at Pacifico on Smith Street in Boerum Hill, we were able to get right down to business.
While everyone else was going home to spend Christmas Eve with their families, I was photographing Lenny and Bruce’s wedding at the Trump SoHo.
There’s no better place to start my new wedding photography blog than with a photo from the very first wedding I photographed way back in 2008. To give some context, back then I was living in Washington DC and had recently left a staff photographer job at the Fairfax County Times in Northern Virginia. The idea of photographing weddings seemed like a good way to put my skills to use but I still hadn’t quite figured out to break into the business. One Friday in August I was assisting the photographer Jamie Rose with a portrait shoot when she got an email from her colleague Greg Gibson asking if anyone knew any second shooters who could work the next day. She knew that I was interested in second shooting next thing I knew I was at the Marriott in Bethesda, Maryland hanging out with a bunch of groomsmen getting ready for the big day. After that first wedding I knew that this was something I could be happy doing. There was still a lot I had to learn about the business but as a photographer it was a natural fit for my skills at capturing candid moments.