You know those couples who have that deep sense of joy…all the time…and you just want to come over to their house sometime and make sure they are for real? Well, after the wedding we did(go over and hang out)…and they are(for real). Amy has known Eddie for a long time, and Eddie was the best man at one of our other weddings (JB and Colbeigh) so when they called us letting us know they were engaged…we were incredibly excited to start planning with them. We say all the time that weddings are so much easier to shoot when we shoot like friends rather than vendors. And this weddings was no different. Eddie and Sara share a love of travel and missions. They are remarkable people with dreams that will change the world around them. We were honored to capture their special day! We love them so much!
The wedding ceremony was over, guests were in the barn talking to each other, a cool breeze ran through the field and brushed against your face, music was playing in the background and Linsey looked at Levi with a hushed voice and said…
“I am so happy right now.”
I’m not sure if it was the simplicity of the sentence or if it was everything all culminating into one moment, regardless, it was one of those moments you wish you could just freeze, because you knew everything about that moment was good and true and right. I’ll never forget it.
Linsey is passionate, cheerful, up for anything and always smiling. Levi is steady, quiet and loyal. When you are around him you just know things will be ok. Their personalities couldn’t have matched better. When we took their engagement pictures we just knew that their wedding was going to be something special…and it was. In typical Indiana fashion, it was summer, yet the day of the wedding felt like early spring. It made the bonfire to end the night even more enticing. The location couldn’t have been better, a backyard with a field and a dirt road. It’s amazing how the simple things are usually the most beautiful.
Many of you knew that I went to the Isle of Man a few weeks ago. And here is the story behind it…
If you are a motorcyclist, you have heard of the TT Races. Started in 1907, it is one of the longest running races in the world. The biggest difference is rather than a race track, these motorcyclists race on roads. Public roads. English public roads. Which if you have been in the UK, you know are much much smaller than US roads. The prize money is minimal compared to the risk involved. Many race just to say they’ve survived the course. It’s the one remaining race where risk isn’t minimized, it’s celebrated. Though I would never ride in the races, ever since I’ve seen a Youtube video of the island and the races, I made a personal pact that I had to go.
Fast forward a few years and one of my best friends threw out the idea of the two of us going. No time like the present. I asked Amy, and being the amazing wife she is, and knowing how much this means to me, said…”Go for it!” Because it’s such a huge event, you have to plan at least a year in advance. We ended up staying on a farm on the outskirts of a small town. Our host was amazing and his house overlooked the Irish Sea. Every morning I would wake up with a cup of tea and toast and just soak in the views. The scenery was astounding. The races were just as amazing. Because one lap of the course is around 37 miles long, there are only a few grandstands to watch the race. Which means most of the spectators, including us, just picked a hedgerow to sit on and that is were we watched. At any moment I could have stuck my hand out and touched a bike…going well over 170mph…you literally feel the air hit you before they pass. It’s insane. The stamina and focus to ride a motorcycle for over 200 miles at an average of 133 mph just blows my mind.
Throughout the week we went to most of the cultural sites on the island. Mainly castles and a few viking remains. The temperature was amazing, which was rare. And there were pubs everywhere…so Fish and Chips and Guinness were a staple. Amy always jokes with me that I was born on the wrong continent…and after 10 days on the island…I’d have to agree with her. What a trip…I could probably write at least 3 or 4 more posts about the trip, but I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.
The first few pictures are of the view I woke up to everyday…I’m not sure that would every get old…
Our last stop before coming home was Liverpool…so I added a few necessary Beatles pictures at the end.
One of the things that we hear all the time as photographers is this, “We haven’t taken any family pictures in at least 3 years! Life happens and that, unfortunately, is something that slips through the cracks.” Hey, I’m guilty of that too. You would think that being a photographer we get family pics all the time, and it’s true that we take tons of pictures of the girls, but getting family pictures is a little harder. All that to say this…and I think I’m stating the obvious here…get family pictures! Your spouse, kids, grandkids…(pets for goodness sake) are all growing and changing, and right now are in a time of their life they will never be again. Capturing those times, with something other than an iPhone, is so important. In the hundreds of photoshoots we have, done I have never had a client come back and say, “You know, you took way to many pictures of my kids.” So if you haven’t gotten pictures taken lately…do it, you won’t regret it.
Speaking of family pictures, we had the amazing opportunity to head out to a family farm and take some pictures of a beautiful family. They invited the grandparents and all the siblings to take part as well. Also a part of the group were ducks, chickens, cats and a lone turkey. You can’t go wrong with this line up! And just as we were finishing up, we have the most beautiful Indiana sunset. I’ve traveled around the world and I have to say, Indiana has some of the most beautiful sunsets…
So this blog post was a little unplanned, but considering that the wind right now is blowing at approximately 95mph…I thought I would throw this out there. This will be a little bit of a mix of personal photos and my thoughts on movement and wind.
Many times as photographers we want to shy away from the wind. It messes up hair right?! Yes…but…it introduces something in the photo that can’t be replicated easily.
I confess, this style isn’t everyones cup of tea, and I’m also not advocating a full photo shoot with peoples hair going bananas. But I think the movement captured in the picture can be amazing. It adds that element of unexpectedness, surprise and originality to every photo. Every second there is a new picture in front of you.
Movement can be a hard thing to capture in pictures at times. Many times we leave that up to the videographer, but lets not rule out what we have to offer as photographers when it comes to this. Don’t cut yourself short! Get out there, find some wind, and start shooting and see what you like. There has been so many times in the past where we bring a bride or couple outside and it’s pretty windy and they are skeptical at first…until they see some of the pictures. It is totally worth trying and getting comfortable with shooting in less than ideal conditions. We can’t predict the weather, so getting yourself acquainted with all kinds of weather and knowing how to shoot in it is only going to make you a better photographer. So get out there!
Here are some pictures I just took of the girls outside. Took all of 5 mins and I love how they turned out. Little out of focus at times? yep. Do I care? Nope. It’s all about the movement!