Monday, September 21, 2015
You’ve just planted a kiss on your partner and have exited your wedding ceremony to the applause and cheering of family and friends. It’s time to grab a drink and bask in a glow of happiness as you enjoy together your guests and the setting you’ve chosen for your wedding.
But wait. You have to stop and take family pictures. Seconds turn into minutes. Minutes into an hour. And that glow you felt as you walked down the aisle? It’s quickly faded into a permanent and painful smile. Your feet are hurting. And you’re starting to feel a little hangry, too.
And you still haven’t taken those romantic shots you see in all of the wedding blogs. I’ve experienced this scenario over and over again as a wedding photographer. But it doesn't have to be this way.
Consider scheduling a post-wedding portrait session on your wedding weekend.
I recently spent an incredible evening with a couple, Christin and Jacob, who married in a beautiful mountain location. They decided well beforehand that the experience I just mentioned - nearly universal for wedding couples in the United States - wasn’t for them.
Instead, Christin and Jacob spent an evening with me a couple of days after their wedding enjoying themselves and each other as I photographed them in the mountains with a dramatic sunset and a rising moon. It was memorable, relaxed and truly romantic.
We met at Mount Falcon Park above Denver for the session and timed it for the golden hour - that precious hour of sunlight before sun sets. Most couples never enjoy the sunset on their wedding day. By the time family photographs are finished, the cocktail hour is over and everyone rushes inside for dinner. Usually, I’m watching Dad toast the couple while the best light of the day disappears over my shoulder into darkness.
Here are the results of Christin and Jacob's post-wedding portrait sitting. I love how it turned out. — Sean