Looking back on my very first photo of the year, this one from Lindsay & Kurt’s wedding at the Old Lantern, where their night doubled as a NYE’s celebration (yes, this was the very moment the ball dropped), it’s clear that we’ve covered a lot of ground over the year. The wedding moments that I captured were mostly in Vermont and the Adirondacks, where I love to photograph the most. Below are some of my favorite moments with my couples in these magical places on Earth. It was a challenge to keep this post concise; I tried to keep this to fifty or so photographs. I hope you enjoy as I give you a short tour through the past year!
Alongside a simple path to a clearing beside a forest to a footbridge across a pond, what better places are there to share a moment with the one you’re going to marry?! I always feel inspired while photographing in these natural spaces.
Along the way as my couples allow me to capture those fleeting, rich moments, I am reminded that I have the best job – to tell a story for my couples and their family & friends to enjoy. Here is Morgan and her mom fixing her veil; Kim’s dad performing her ceremony, bringing together her hand with Mike’s; and Danny just moments before walking down the aisle.
My couples have taken me on some fun rides! On one of my favorite rides ever, a 35′ mahogany Hacker-Craft at the Lake Placid Lodge; to a camper-built canoe at Keewaydin on Lake Dunmore; to a simple backyard swing in Hinesburg. Whenever I can photograph my couples doing something active, I jump at the opportunity.
My biggest goal is to create signature photos of my couples – ones they can frame and display on their walls, in their albums or as a profile pic. When my couples allow me the opportunity to work with me in creating these photos, we can create something unique to them and something that shows off their venue. This can take the form of a very wide shot, using the color of the sky or contour of a mountain range; or it can be a tight shot, simply reflecting back love; or we can get creative, using the magic of a long exposure or off-camera flash.
Another reason I think I have the best job . . . the crazy, wild moments! I love having a ringside seat for moments like these, being charged with capturing the celebration.
Kids at weddings always provide levity, laughs and loving moments….
Another one of my goals is to set the scene, capturing the venue, the dress, the table settings, food and other details that tell the story.
And here are simply some photos that I like, that serve to tell the story of my year, 2017, which I will look back on fondly. I had some great moments with some great people and I am very much looking forward to more great moments in 2018!
And finally, from my family to yours, Happy New Year!! -Andy