I rarely photograph a summer wedding where a guest doesn’t ask me how excited I am that it’s such a beautiful, sunny day. I always remark that I’d love some clouds, but that’s just me being a little greedy since it is a beautiful day. It’s just my nature as a wedding photographer that I don’t spend much time worrying about what the weather is like since I have no control over it and my job is to make the best photos I can regardless of what the heavens look like. Sun, rain, snow, blinding fog, wind, sleet—I’m basically like the mail man except that I am carrying some once-in-a-lifetime mail.
Then, once in a while, I’m at a gorgeous venue like being on the top of Schweitzer Mountain and I’m blessed with some clouds. And not just regular clouds, but those clouds that soften the light just enough while adding some great detail to the sky. It’s pure freedom. I can go wherever I want with whatever backdrop I want, in whatever poses I want, without regard to what the bright sun is doing. Liberating. Then there are things like ceremonies over which I have no control, yet, the lighting is perfect because the clouds are softening the light perfectly. No harsh shadows, no switching settings on my camera every few minutes depending on what direction I’m shooting, opportunities to use the entire location freely. Awesome.
Sometimes I don’t know what to do with myself in cases like this because they’re so rare.
Fortunately I was photographing Katie & Chris’ wedding with all their amazing family and friends watching them become official. It was magical.
Thanks to the crew at Red Letter Event Planning for helping everything run perfectly. Thomas at Traks handled the party and kept the dance floor moving. And of course, it’s always a pleasure shooting with Ryan Ferguson Films.