In case you missed the photos from Friday of Mario and Lindsey's wedding, click here! Now, check out Part two of their beautiful wedding at Donaldson-Bannister Farm in Dunwoody, GA!
Homemade cake by a family friend and Dad rehearsing his toast:
One of Mario's brothers' notes for his toast....
There are two distinct ways to get a man on the dance floor, as shown here:
Here is the other wedding from last summer that I completely slacked on putting on the blog. Adam and Rebecca had a beautiful wedding in Marietta with their reception at the Roswell Mill (one of my favorite venues!). The happened to be on the hottest weekend of the year, but fortunately they planned their wedding indoors. It was quite a challenge getting any photos outside due to the 100 degree+ heat (as you'll see in one of the photos below). I made sure to only run outside for a few shots at a time as there is nothing worse than a hot and sweaty wedding party. A hot and sweaty wedding photographer is a different story... I wore all linen to try and beat the heat but by the time I got to the reception even my pant legs were soaked. A/C was my good friend that night. :)
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. ;)
I've posted before on Facebook that often when sitting at a coffee shop editing wedding photos, I find myself smiling back at Photoshop. Not because I love the program, my computer, or my coffee. I smile because for wedding editing, I'm looking through photographs of two people on the best day of their life. Almost every photo has someone smiling, laughing, dancing, and sometimes crying tears of joy. Maybe it's the dumb reflex part of my brain wanting to mimic smiling faces I see or perhaps it's that through the hectic 8 hours of photographing a wedding day, I only get to truly reflect on the event when going through the photos days later.
As a general rule, I'm not often outwardly emotional as my wife (who cries at sad TV commercials) would note. However, having been married and seeing Keri walk down the aisle in her dress and having family and friends there, I know what it feels like to be overcome these feelings on this occasion. I say all of this because I smile a lot at coffee shops, but the other day I found myself tearing up. I'm not particularly close to Andy and Rachel, though I have spend time with them prior to the wedding and think they are a wonderful couple, so it surprised me to feel the saltwater welling up in my eyes. It was the following two photos in particular that got me. Maybe it's because I was in that same spot a year ago
and wish I looked as sharp as Andy in his tailored suit. For me, seeing these two photos of Andy as Rachel walked down the aisle really got to me. You can see the childlike reflex of pulling his hands from his pockets to holding onto his suit like a security blanket. He was overcome with this inexplicable emotion of seeing Rachel for the first time in that long white wedding dress. I'm glad I was able to capture this moment on digital film.
These two photos aren't the most photographically impressive photos, but to me they evoke more emotion than most. These two got me. I'll post one more that I thought was sweet, then get on to the rest of Part 1. This next one is pretty self explanatory of the mother-son dance, and to be honest I think explains a lot about the two photos of Andy above. (p.s.- Andy, I hope this didn't embarrass you too much).
Alright! Now onto the fun stuff! I have to first give a shout out to the vendors as they pulled of a beautiful and fun wedding! Simply Charming Socials did the day of coordination and lovely decorations, Pink Cupcake Dreams brought delectably decadent cupcakes (I took a few leftovers home to Keri!), and DJ Andrew Wrobleski lit up the dance floor (more of those photos to come in Part 2!).
Just a quick update from Cat Island! During the day I took the Gro-Pro out snorkeling on a local island and we kayaked through the mangrove to a secret beach. Last night was the rehearsal dinner and dancing. Nicci, the bride, surprised everyone by hiring a local drumline, Junk-a-Noo, to bring a 45 minute conga line (without stopping the music) through the resort! Then, between beers, I was running back and forth on the beach getting star trail photos. Having an incredible time at the Fernandez Bay Village! Here are a few shots from the day:
The blog will be pretty scarce this weekend as I'm in the Bahamas shooting a wedding. I know, I know- I work too much. Don't worry, I'll try to get to the beach this weekend to get a little sun. :)
No wedding photos just yet, but maybe a teaser to come Sunday. I just wanted to put something up to let all of my avid readers know I haven't forgotten about you! When I get back, there will be plenty of photos to update you on. Coming up, I have two beautiful summer weddings that somehow slipped away from the blog (so sorry!), more fall family portraits (call me soon if you want to book one! The weather will turn cold soon!) and more real estate related work. Have a great weekend! Here are a couple of shots from day 1:
My friends generally know that I often have busy weekends. However, this weekend was my first wedding double-header in a while- one Friday and one Saturday. On top of that I had a maternity/family session on Sunday and a 3-month baby session on Monday. Needless to say I was a bit nervous about it all week. My main fear, oddly enough, was that I throw my back out at the Friday wedding and was unable to shoot the Saturday wedding. That obviously didn't happen, but I did find out for sure that I have begun getting tennis elbow from lifting about 15 pounds of camera, batteries, battery grip, flash, and wireless flash trigger over 1,000 times each day with poor form by my right arm. Both nights I actually had to ice my elbow! I'm getting old!
Both weddings went great. If you were outside at all this weekend you know the weather was some of the best Atlanta has to offer. Blue skies, warm days, cool evenings- just about everything you could ask for in a wedding- both of which were outdoors! I'll give more dedicated posts on both weddings once I get through editing the photos, but I will say I had a ton of fun all weekend. Rachel and Andy had such a fun group of guests and bridal party at Park Tavern that I ended up spending most of my time on the dance floor!
Here are a few photos from Rachel and Andy's wedding:
Lindsey and Mario had a beautiful wedding at Donaldson Bannister Farm in Dunwoody- actually the very first one that the venue has seen! I initially thought they "just" planned the wedding (note: the word "just" is in quotations), but after the ceremony Mario told me the ceremony site- a beautiful grassy garden area on the property- was a swimming pool just about a month ago! He laid all of the sod and did the landscaping himself! Here are a few from their wedding:
Now here are a couple from the Sullivan family shoot followed by two from my sister's 3-month old- Hudson. I know I know- I'm an incredibly efficient blogger! I say that jokingly- more on these 4 events to come!
He's a quick shot we pulled off just before the toasts at the wedding reception this Saturday at Wahoo Grill in Decatur, GA. I had just a couple of moments to steal the bride and groom away for this shot that I'd had in mind all day. I'm just glad the cars moved out of the way and the sun went down (well, that's kind of an expected outcome). Congrats to the newly married couple! They are off to Greece in a few days for their much anticipated honeymoon, but not before I give them an in-person photo lesson on how to take great vacation photos. Maybe I'll start offering lessons to all my brides and grooms- what do you think?? :)
Jessica and Jeff's wedding was one of the most fun weddings I've been to, including many that I attend as a guest. The two of them did a superb job of a true DIY wedding. Take a look at the photos and see at how they turned a grassy field into a beautiful ceremony and an open part-time photography studio into a warm party palace. The incredible food was provided by the tastiest food truck I've ever met met- Ibiza Bites (see marshmallow fluff covered sweet potato fires below!). There was beauty at every turn, be it the weather, the preparations, or simply the bride and groom. I couldn't have asked for a better wedding to shoot. Even after the bridal getaway, the DJ (Andrew Wroblewski, featured below) spun tunes while the bridesmaids packed up the decorations and leftover beer. I can't say I didn't end up with decorations and beer in my hatchback at the end of the night. ;)
Last week I discovered that I never posted the engagement photos that led to booking Carly and Russell's wedding this spring. I'd like to think it was due to my incredible artful eye and posing ability that they chose me over other talented Atlanta photographers, but really it was because they are just a darn good lookin' couple. Carly even has modeling experience- and it shows! I will say that they told me I made them feel pretty comfortable since Carly said Russell hates being in photos. That was a compliment I take to heart because if you can't build trust with your clients on a shoot, then you won't have great photos and happy clients who want to come back for more!
Carly and Russell at the hand made kitchen table that they built from salvaged barn wood.
Happy Monday everyone! This post is long overdue, but I have the photos from Carly and Russell's wedding! You may remember this beautiful couple from the engagement session I did with them back in 2011. And now that I search my blog for the link to their engagements, I realize I never posted them... I'll have to fix that in the very very near future. :)
Carly and Russell were married at the Druid Hill United Methodist Chapel and had their reception at the Atlanta Brewing Company. I LOVE the brewery reception idea: local beer, ping pong, darts, and catered BBQ! We had an awesome time, the weather was perfect, and everyone danced their butts off to the Brian Wiltsey Band. For me, this was also a great wedding as it was my first wedding with a true second shooter. I've had an assistant before (my lovely wife, Keri), but never someone who could fetch AND shoot! I can say he helped a ton and was integral in another wedding I shot two weekends ago in Asheville, NC. Now, without further ado: the photos!
The bride walking outside the chapel with a blanket so the groom doesn't see her. :)
Carly's sister played her down the aisle.
Carly surprised Russell with the Tech Trolley to shuttle them to the reception!
The bouquet toss was interesting on first attempt- Carly showed a little too much muscle!
... and with an hour left in the reception, Carly voluntarily decided to tip Curt off to the single girls out on the dance floor. :)
Curt and I were having so much fun that one of the guests "borrowed" one of our camera for a moment to document us!
If you are an avid reader of Alex the Photo Blog (and I know you are!), then you know Lou! Well, back in 2010, Lou let me test out my latest lighting setup for a studio shoot for his newly launched website. We came away with a bunch of fun photos, one of which ended up making it's rounds at the office and on his Match.com profile. Little known to the two of us how much one little photo can impact the rest of your life. His lovely fiance, Erin, was searching around on the site in late 2010 and clicked on it simply because she thought it was so unique, sending him a little message that would change his life. Now they are engaged to be married in September (and you-know-who is the photographer!). I am so excited for the both of them, and also so glad I could be a part of how they met. :) Since then, I've actually been hired for a few online dating photo sessions and have fun doing them. Who knows what a new photo could do for you... here's the one of Lou that made all the difference:
For their engagements they hired me to come hang out with them for a day. They said they would not pose for any photos (unless they were funny). Of course everyone needs a little guidance on how and where to do what, but these two were just naturally comfortable in front of the camera making my job much easier. I'll start off with the one that got such great buzz on Facebook with almost 100 "likes."
Then our loose-take on Annie Lebovitz' John and Yoko Rolling Stone photo (no, Lou didn't want to get naked).
From my post a couple of weeks back, you saw the men in uniform that performed the Saber Arch down the aisle for Marisa and Andy. Now the full post with the rest of the photos. Keri and had a wonderful time helping share in the Geberts' big day and also give a big thanks to the Cobb Galleria Center and St. Joseph's Catholic Church for being so helpful with all of the photography needs.
And the best pic from the church...
Best cake cutting tool ever.
Just a fun little reminder that when you have a portrait session with Alex the Photo Guy, you get a nifty online gallery of your photos to share with family and friends. Along with that gallery you get access to all kinds of exciting gifts, prints, canvas prints, and cards. The cards are super easy to make online with hundreds of customizable templates. Here are a few from recent portrait sessions.
Click on the cards for a larger view.
Happy Holidays from Alex the Photo Guy!
I've owned the domain since college. Three years ago I re-upped it's registration and I contracted my good friend Greg Vilines at Webnormous to begin work on the site. Then a combination of producing an album, playing in a band, get married, and having his house burn down slowed Greg's progress on the site a bit. A combination of helping with the album, buying a house, running a photo business, general laziness, and getting engaged slowed me down too. I know my excuses aren't as valid as a house fire, but regardless of the timing, it is finally LIVE! Greg built the whole thing from scratch and he did a damn good job on it. I know I was a difficult client at times but in the end we got it all worked out. There will be a few tweaks made in the coming months, but since it's 99% done, we figured why not launch it? This will be a soft opening for my six blog readers and facebook friends until I get it 100% finished.
Keep in mind the new site isn't going to be a replacement for the blog- just think of it as a "best of Alex the Photo Guy." I'll still keep you up to date with my crazy photo antics here on the blog, so don't stop reading!
Let me know what you think! Many thanks again to Greg who did all the hard work. All I did was take a few photos. If you need a website, let me know and I'll get you in contact with Webnormous.
Rob Devlin is an old friend of mine. We go back to freshman high school Spanish class. From there we connected through music when we found we both played complimenting rhythm instruments- he on drums, me on bass. Another friend of his played guitar (Greg), so naturally we started a band. And we didn't start just a band, we started a terrible band. We were a 90's rock cover band without a singer - and it's exactly what we wanted. We could rock out as loud as we wanted, get lost in the music, and not feel guilty if we weren't getting better because we [almost] never played anywhere. When we did play for an audience, it was all sans vocals unless someone in the crowd wanted to jump on stage with us and risk their ears and the respect of their friends. Rob always worked multiple jobs and provided everything we needed for the band- even things we didn't need: laser lights, fog machines, too many speakers, business cards, a website, the list goes on. Even when Greg and I went away to college, Rob was still committed to the band, no matter what the cost. For Christmas that same year, he found us 4-track recorders as presents so that we could still record music long-distance. We'd each pick a track and mail tapes to each other to fill in our parts. It was as brilliant as it was generous. Rob has always been a great friend.
When I met Lacey, I knew she was the best thing to happen to Rob since the band (half joking). In fact, I now know that Rob breaking his ankle in college was a dark cloud with the brightest silver lining he could have ever hoped for. Thanksgiving break 2004, I was living in Nashville 30 minutes from Rob at MTSU in Murfreesboro. He told me he'd broken his ankle at the TV studio on campus where he worked. He asked if I could give him a ride home and back for the holiday break. I was happy to do it and enjoy some company for the ride home to Atlanta. The ride home and back went well, but what I distinctly remember was Rob telling me as I dropped him off that Sunday back in Nashville that a girl from the station was coming over that night. She was bringing him Thanksgiving leftovers from her family's Thanksgiving dinner. Not only did I know this girl had an interest in Rob, but I knew she was the girl Rob would marry (if he knew what was good for him!).
Rob and Lacey were married in Nashville on Vanderbilt's campus at the the Scarritt-Bennett Chapel on October 10th. The ceremony was as beautiful as the life they have ahead of them. Cheesy, I know- but I truly am happy for them both. :)
When you own the lighting set-up, the possibilities are endless...
Ross and Courtney were married on September 25th at the Swilley Chapel in the Second Ponce De Leon Baptist Church in Buckhead. As Keri and I start our own plans for our wedding, I love picking up on tips from brides. For example, chapel prices can be almost half of sanctuary prices... I had no idea. As you can see below, chapel weddings are just beautiful! Ross works with me at my "day job," so I was honored when he asked me to shoot his wedding. Keri and I were going to be there anyway, so I was excited at the opportunity to be the photog for the day. They couldn't have asked for better weather! It was such a great fall day, albeit a little warm. Deep blue skies with a few cotton-fluffy clouds scattered about. The reception was at Kimball Hall in Roswell on "wedding row" as I've come to call Mimosa Blvd. The Kimball Hall staff did a great job with the indoor and outdoor decorations as well as the food.
I'll let the pictures below do the rest of the talking.
This was the sweetest part of the wedding: the silent time for the couple to pray.
...then Ross gave Courtney a little kiss, and she said "wait! not yet!" as they walked back to the altar. Hence the light-hearted laughter.
Apparently going out of the country means you forget about all the work you wanted to do before you left. My sister, who attended Auburn for undergrad, sent me a text last night that read "hey- you still haven't blogged about that Auburn wedding! I want to see the pix!" Sorry for the delay! I had a great time in Auburn for Regan and Jeff's wedding weekend. Everything was beautiful and was at a cute little chapel right across from Samford Hall on campus. There were hints of rain, but never caused anyone any problems. Regan looked beautiful in her dress and Jeff looked distinguished with his silver vest and tie. The reception was definitely a party! I have so many pictures of people dancing you'd think they were at a downtown NYC club and not an antebellum home in Auburn. Afterward I went out with all the bridesmaids (and their husbands) and ended up eating pizza with a few friends from the wedding in a hotel room until 4am. Most photographers don't get such a royal treatment... :)