Weddings are full of surprises, and if you’re a photographer you have to be ready. There could be a touching moment you didn’t expect or a hilarious scene that comes out of nowhere. Seldom however does a location you have visited before give you something that surprises you.
A couple of weeks ago, we shot Maura and Jesse’s wedding. It was a great time. The wedding party could not have been friendlier or more accommodating. We were scheduled to head to McDade for some portraits after the ceremony and before the reception. Now I like McDade. It has some nice views and is really easy to access – an important component when you are shooting a bride. You don’t want to drag her all over creation for photos. Bob and I have a couple of places we typically shoot at McDade. They are reliable, predictable and always produce nice shots.
Now here is a classic example of why every wedding photographer should do some site work before a shoot and spend some time looking around – even if it is a place you have visited before. You never know when you will find a new spot that gives you more options, better angles and opportunities. That’s the case with Maura and Jesse’s photos. They are some of my favorite portraits because of the sweeping landscape and clean lines. It doesn’t hurt that our bride and groom and wedding party had a good time with the shots. Here are some of the pics.