Brandon and Heidi’s wedding was in November. We were blessed with another warm Saturday which made for fun outdoor images at Tuthill Park in Sioux Falls. We did formals before Mass at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sioux Falls which gave us plenty of time at the park. After Saturday evening Mass, Brandon & Heidi had a beautiful ceremony and then everyone went on to the reception at CJ Calloways.
Occasionally, we bring Dacey to the weddings of our close friends. He came along in October to Jessica and Andrew’s wedding and we put a camera in his hands and let him go.
Now Dacey grew up in the studio and is very comfortable behind the camera and working on the computer in Photoshop. He’s always looking for that different angle. We had taken Jessica and Andrew outside the church trying to find a place out of the wind. I looked down to find Dacey lying in the grass getting his own view of the couple.
When it came time to put the album together, Dacey had several images to include.
Someday not to far down the road, Dacey will be coming to every wedding, but for now he’s just content in being 11 and having fun with his friends.
The slow season for photographers starts in January and goes through March. This is when we recharge the batteries, attend conventions and take a little time off. We are still photographing seniors, weddings, families and engagements, but just at a little slower pace.
We are going to put up some of our favorite wedding pictures from the last year or so and give a few details about why they are special to us.
This image is called “Kissing in the Trees”. It was entered in PPA affiliated print judging at the Northern Light PPA Convention in Fargo last Spring. It received an 85 from the judges and was top wedding print in the non-masters division of the SDPPA. Wedding images traditionally do not score very high in print competition. Anything over an 80 is considered worthy of a merit. The image also received a Kodak Gallery Award.
“Kissing in the Trees” was photographed about half a mile from the Terry Peak Lodge in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The bride and groom were about 20 feet from the edge of a gravel road. We had stopped a couple of times to take pictures on our way from their Black Hills Vacation Home where they were staying to the Terry Peak Lodge. It was a Tuesday afternoon right after the Sturgis Rally. The groom’s family was from Wyoming and the bride’s family was from Montana. It seemed that all the families and guests were ranchers. It was a very relaxed day. ElizaBeth, Dacey and I came out on Monday and we did a quick engagement session in a small clearing of wild flowers near the lodge. On Tuesday, we photographed the wedding with Dacey doing video. On Wednesday, we played tourist on our way home.
On Sunday, we attended what was one of biggest bridal shows Sioux Falls has seen. Despite the snow, the parking lot and the streets surrounding the Ramkota Exhibit hall were full. Inside, the brides and their entourages searched the aisles to find their vendor of choice.
The Black Tie Bridal Showcase was a success.
Now you may think that photographers go to bridal shows to compete with each other. While we all like the opportunity to offer our services to brides, we all like to take a little time to kick back and talk shop. The world of wedding photography is a very small one. Those who have been in business a few years develop friendships and many of us try to refer to brides when we are already booked for a date. Those relationships help all of us raise the quality of wedding photography across the board.
Pictured in front of our booth is our daughter Rachel, handing out chocolate candy. You can see the back of Dacey’s head. He was handing out brochures.