Friday, March 4, 2011


i will never claim that this project/blog is about "pretty," but if i were to have a vote to cast for prettiest portrait, this bride of my brother-in-law might likely get that vote. needless to say, she was a little more "prepared" for portraiture, and it being her wedding day and all, with the glowing all around her and whatnot... she had a hand up on most of the competition. but, still... pretty. so, this wedding was one week after the wedding that i photographed in kauai, and it was held in a tiny town in northern ohio that few of us have ever heard of, i'm sure. i thought/assumed that it would be "quaint"... special in it's own simple kind of way, and i was right and wrong. it was special in a simple way... the way that is honest, natural, historic, enormous, spirited, and beautiful. it was the peak of autumn, and we arrived into town at sunset, and the colors exploded all over the rolling hills and pastures, and then a storm passed through and threw a full double rainbow on the sky like some photoshopped magic... holy glory. anyways... this bride-in-law (or something like that,) was a treat to photograph, a true natural... madly in love, ecstatically happy, ready to begin the new adventures of being married. aside from the fact that she went the entire wedding/wedding photo session without her bouquet, everything was perfect... note to self: if the bride forgets her bouquet, let her know that she forgot her bouquet. luckily, it was not an essential part of the event... traditional, yes... pretty, yes... but not essential. so, the show went on and it was lovely, a "perfect," occasion, and the homemade pies were out of this world. this marked my third wedding to photograph solo, and it was a treat. thanks to all of the supporting cast that helped make this possible: the bride, the groom, their families (especially the bride's brother who served as my assistant at times,) mother nature for the set design, the old schoolhouse, the sun for it's light, and lastly, love (awwwwww,) for bringing this woman and her husband together.

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