I’ve been so busy these past two months that I haven’t had a moment to update the site. So real quick, let me post a few of Tiffani & Jim’s Virginia Beach wedding photographs from the coveted 07/07/07!
From the first email Tiffani sent me, I knew we’d create some fantastic photographs together. In fact every email we exchanged (I just counted at least 210 in my email archive) reinforced how happy I was to be working with a couple who was so positive and who shared such a similar sense of humor. Perhaps it was the fact that we all three hail from Michigan. Whatever the case, I felt immediately like we were old friends.
Tiffani and Jim were so gracious, open and friendly to me, and I knew how important my role was to them, so I essentially immersed myself within their wedding weekend in an attempt to capture it all. Starting off the weekend was the rehearsal and dinner out on the farm, where the children made several friends of the animal variety (and where the turkeys enjoyed confronting and huffing at my telephoto lenses). With Jim the Executive Chef, you know you won’t go hungry, and he certainly didn’t disappoint that evening.
I spent the morning of the wedding flooring a golf cart around Broad Bay Golf Course like a crazy paparazzo trying to capture Jim and the groomsmen enjoying their morning round of golf. It was ridiculously hot outside and we all looked like we had jumped in the water hazards by the time we were finished. After a quick lunch and shower, it was suddenly time to get ready for the ceremony!
Every inch of Hampton Roads, save for Broad Bay, was getting deluged with torrential rain and thunderstorms. I figured it was just a matter of time before the heavens opened up on us, but surprisingly, it stayed pleasant the entire rest of the evening. I couldn’t have asked for more favorable lighting during the ceremony, and despite the insane heat, everything went off without a hitch.
After the ceremony, I was treated to one of the most entertaining receptions I’ve had the chance to enjoy as photographer or as a guest. I always tell my potential clients that I’m quiet and that I try to work from a slight distance – simply to help convey my proclivity for being courteous and discreet. But as soon as everybody started getting nuts on the dance floor, my fast-paced sports photography instincts kicked in, and I jumped into the middle of the craziness. I must’ve stayed in the same spot for the remaining 5 hours. By the time we were closing the club down, I was pleading with the bridesmaids to come with me to every wedding I photograph.
I had a great time photographing the wedding, but (I’ve said it before, and I’ll say again!) the most satisfying aspect was getting to know Tiffani and Jim and learning all the little morsels of information that (I hope!) translated into special, one-of-a-kind photographs.
Congratulations Tiffani and Jim – all my best.