We follow some wedding photographers on social. We do it for inspiration and to see what they’re up to. And to make sure we’re ‘keeping up’. Whatever that means. I can’t help but notice that often enough, we photographers seem like we’re having a total blast in life, living in utter defiance to the laws of boredom. Our adventurous Instagram stories. Our wide-smile-selfies on the mountain or by the sea. We tag them with unsubtle brags like “this is my office today. #lovemyjob!” And yeah, I won’t lie. Those days in the meadow with the ticks or huffing through the woods, they’re better than any I’ve spent in a cubicle. But don’t let us fool you. What we gain in natural light we lose in office culture. (This isn’t a complaint, just a fact.)
At best, office culture to a wedding photographer is sparse. For example: every year we shoot a handful of weddings at Oceanstone. It’s enough that when we see the folks who work there we give them big hugs and talk about how the summers are too busy and the winters are also too busy, and then we laugh, hug again and part ways until we see each other again, many weeks or even months later.
These are our colleagues, the familiar faces of ‘work’. Most others I see even less. Once a year (on a good year). Kristen we saw at 2 weddings in 2018 (here and here), so we consider her a friendly familiar. She’s a makeup artist and memorable not only for her tremendous talent, but she also carries with her an air of steady, friendly calm that puts brides and bridesmaids at ease and grounds them on an otherwise flighty day. If you’re looking for her talent, find it here.
Seeing as how she works with many other photographers, Rae and I were flattered that she chose us for this shoot.
It’s a ‘subtle’ maternity shoot. Kirsten wanted photos that gently pointed towards her (at this point tiny) baby bump (which I can only assume is not at all tiny any more) rather than the super-obvious maternity shoot.
Their child is going to be a lucky one; both Kirsten and Nick are absurdly good-looking and this baby is like a recipient of the excellent-gene-awards. Their trophy will be their face.
We also photographed Kirsten’s dad not long after, at a totally unrelated event. After we photographed him, he wrote us this email: “Hey guys, You took a picture of me for Halcon.. I was captain hook… I was wondering if it was okay that I photoshopped the pic to put me on the deck of a pirate ship…..”. To which we responded, “Hell yes! YES you can do that!” If I remember correctly, Kirsten did her dad’s makeup for the costume.
I love that we got to photograph our colleague’s baby bump, and her dad. Come to think of it, I guess I really do #lovemyjob!