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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
One Wedding, One Proposal, but NO career........
During Mark’s latest trip to Burning Man (of which we have no proof in pictures since he got no service on his iPhone or shall I say that is the story he is sticking with), he heard from friends Bev and Dean and they so kindly invited him to their nuptials. And we all know Mark would never turn down an invitation to a social event so after Burning Man; he returned for a second time to Reno merely a week or so later. Can we say frequent flyer miles?? When I finally tracked him down (again we was “off the grid” with no cell service) below is the wrap up of his adventure. Enjoy!
Until next time….
I'm not a wedding photographer, have never wanted to be, not to mention I'm 100% positive that wedding photographers who see me at weddings with my little Canon S95 call me a hack; but picture taking is in my blood. I'm the guy with a little camera at a wedding, who waits for the light to get better and then can't resist taking a photo or two. This was the case in Quincy CA, (75 miles NW of Reno) back on Sept 16th when I was invited to Bev and Dean's wedding. It was a very small cozy affair at a very nice ranch. So quaint as a matter of fact that if I didn't go, it would have most certainly been noticed that I was not there. So of course I jumped on the opportunity to support my friends (and since I can never apparently sit still) and snap a picture or two.
The light was still somewhat harsh at 4:30pm, so I feel for wedding shooters. I waited until I had a couple wobbly pops in me, a great dinner in my belly, and for Mother Nature to start painting her sky for all the guests at the ranch to see. I saw Bev walk her grandson Ethan around the grassy reception area when I "pounced", as the sky and fishing pond had hit critical mass for a silhouette image. I quickly called for the groom to join and the results as you can see with my little Canon S95 camera (my iPhone was in my room; no signal = off the grid = no iPhone captures...) worked out very well. I was also able to capture a couple of "panoramic" photos that I assembled the next day, which turned out fun as well.
And three days later I was asked to be a part of a surprise proposal!!! A pretty busy trip for what I was calling my"Reno time out". This request actually took place on the way up to Bev and Deans' wedding on my ride with my friend Temple. During our road trip she asked if I could assist her with a surprise wedding proposal her son was setting up on a vista (Eagle Falls) overlooking Lake Tahoe. A table with related stuff (you know- stuff women really like...flowers, champagne, chocolates...) would be needed to be set up so that at sunset for her son Cory could surprise his girl..."Shannon". I said "of course" to the manual labor, as well as I would happily shoot the process as it unfolded. And then of course if the answer was YES, I would also do a portrait or two of the happy couple.
So on the fateful day, Temple was able to have her husband Steve also assist her with the set-up. This meant I was fully delegated and focused in my role as official photographer. We got to Eagle Falls on the west side of Lake Tahoe about 5pm, carried the stuff to the edge of a small cliff. We quickly set up everything and then waited. The photography then was to commence once Shannon was lead down the path and presented with a ring. She said Yes!! (hoot hoot) so I then took photos. (plan B was not to take photos if the answer was different...) So the results are posted. Many thanks to my "photo assistants" Steve and Temple, as the position of that remote flash was very important to get that sunset shot of Cory and Shannon.
Again I'm not a wedding shooter, but somehow taking pictures is what I do best.