Shooting At A Wedding


Shooting pictures…duh.

I had the opportunity yesterday to work with my cousin, a photographer, at a wedding as a second shooter.  I’ve done this for my friends in the past as a gift to them or something like that, but this was the real deal.  Like I was official.  And it couldn’t have happened at a better wedding.

This couple was just about the cutest…ever.
Seriously.  Stinkin’ adorable.
I wasn’t really sure how this day was going to go.  I know you’re probably not going to believe it, but I kind of get nervous around people I don’t know.  Especially if they’re expecting something from me, no matter how confident I am in my abilities.  You still want to perform well and do your best.  Of course, these are all pictures that my cousin took, but still, it was a team effort.  I held her water bottle.  I mean it was 100 degrees.

We were out in the heat for close to two hours.  The pictures above?  Yeah.  They’re at the end of that time frame.  I kept thinking to myself, How in the world are they still smiling?  It’s hot.  I’m in comfortable clothes, and I’m sweating through them.  I’m sure they’re miserable.  But they just kept smiling.

They showed a video during the ceremony of just some pictures of the two together.  But at the beginning of it, there was the groom having just turned 15 telling the camera that he had decided he was going to marry this girl.  He hadn’t even asked her out, but just you wait and see.

Fast-forward several years later and you see him up at the alter with his best friend, vowing to share his life with her.  Usually I don’t cry at weddings even if I know the couple involved.  This brought tears to my eyes.
And as cool as the whole ceremony was there was a part that was just pretty awesome.  The pastor asked all the ordained ministers in their families to come and pray over this new couple as they started their lives together.  I knew her dad was a pastor, and I knew his dad was a pastor.  But this blew me away.
When they started praying, you could feel the presence of God in that room.  It was a beautiful moment in a beautiful day.

So here’s some things I learned today in no particular order:

1. This couple is the real deal.  They’re young.  They’re in love.  And they love Jesus.  I have a pretty good idea that that’s a killer combination.

2. My cousin, Whitney, is pretty darn cool and she takes incredible pictures.  Being that I am 10 years her elder, I have no problem saying that I’m proud of her.  Not just that she has talent, but the way she conducts herself and her business.  Just makes me smile.

3. Above I mentioned that even after two hours in 100-degree weather and in non-breathable clothing this couple was still smiling.  I guess that’s how it is when you’re in love, whether you’re falling in love with your best friend or falling in love with the lover of our souls, we do what it takes to make things beautiful.  We endure uncomfortable situations for those we love, and our love makes beauty.  And sometimes, if we’re lucky, we get to have a little fun with it all, too.


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  • Cathysnyder80

    i love the part where you said sometimes we have to endure uncomfortable situations for the ones we love. i think sometimes in the uncomfortable situations is where our love grows the most.

    • esauproject

      I think you’re probably right.

    • I think you are 100% right.