The Wedding Assistant

This past Saturday I was asked by my good friend Brian, of Brian St. Denis Photography, to assist at a wedding he was shooting in London, Ontario. Brian shot my wedding in early 2013 and I’ve always kept watch on his portfolio as it has grown. I knew the amount of work he puts into each wedding, so I was happy, not to mention humbled, that he asked if I could be his second shooter.

I don’t have nearly as many weddings under my belt as he does as I tend to stick more to fine art and architectural/urban work, but shooting a wedding is a lot of fun, especially when the couple, like the one on Saturday, is having one of the best days of their lives. Keeping up with the bride and making sure you get all the shots they want and need is exhausting, but it’s worth it when you know you get the shots.

Saturday was flawless in terms of weather, unless you don’t like hot, sunny days. Ideally photographers like overcast days because of the even light it produces, but a sunny day is better than a windy and rainy one. Did I mention it was hot? Well, it was (hence the pile of water bottles photo). We went to a couple of parks and beelined it to the shade so we wouldn’t get heat stroke or have everyone in the photos go all squinty on us. At the reception I manned the photo booth (check out my stunned test shot!) which turned out to be a huge hit. It was slow at first, but when word got around that there was a horse mask and fake moustaches, well, it was no longer slow.

Big thanks and much respect to Brian for letting me tag along and help out.

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