With the New Year comes reflections on 2012. Though I have no grand ideas and emotions I'd like to emote, I will say I am launching a few ventures this year to help Alex The Photo Guy keep the business strong in the new year. I resolve to shoot more projects for myself and hang out with Marc Del Santro taking photos out in the wilderness (I have a few ideas for 2013 on that). I also resolve to market my wedding business harder, update my website, follow-up on emails quicker, and stay on top of the blog. With the latter resolution comes two blog posts- both way late, as they were weddings I shot during the summer at the height of the heat wave. I generally stay on top of blog posts, but with wedding season continuing strong from summer to fall I fell behind on these two on the blog.
The first wedding I'm making up lost ground on was Sallie and Aaron in Asheville, NC. Sallie is one of my sister's best friends and she had a beautiful wedding at the Biltmore UMC and Doubletree Hotel. It was a beautiful location wedding, albeit a very hot weekend. The one thing Sallie told me was "I HAVE to have a mountain view shot." My trusty second shooter, Curt, accompanied me on the trip and we spent a few hours the day before scouting locations near the church that we could get to and from before the reception. In the end it turned out, the best shot was in the parking lot of the church. Few people saw this shot with their naked eye beforehand. That's because the trained eye of a photographer knows he needs to to lay on the black asphalt with a long lens in order to avoid parking barriers and the rusted chain link fence below the hill. Plus, it helped that the sun poked its head from behind the clouds for just a moment, parting the way for the mountains. ;)