For one of the last weddings of the year, I photographed a wedding at the Royal Boucherie in Philadelphia. The bride and groom, colors, venue, staff, and food made this one of the best of the year for me personally.
The groom was my good friend Katie’s brother so I knew most of the family. His bride, Vanessa, was a dream. She looked absolutely stunningly gorgeous in her gown. So much fun was had all around. I wish all weddings could be like this. First it was on time. Second, very organized. And third, the visuals were fabulous.
The groom’s brother is a professional hockey player, and is currently playing in the Austrian hockey league. COVID locked down the country a few days before he was to leave and attend the wedding. Through the grace of FaceTime technology, he was able to watch the ceremony as his sister broadcast the ceremony and some of the reception to him in Austria. How is that for cool?
When the engaged couple are Phillies fans, you shoot their engagement pictures at the ballpark.
Whenever doing an engagement session, the first thing I ask a bride and groom is where they met, or do they have a special place to them. Most times they’ll say college, or a park or a restaurant or a town, etc… The idea here is to personalize their session to them specifically. What matters to them? What is their favorite location as a couple? What might define them if there is a place like that in their lives?
Every now and again they’ll mention a ballpark. I’ve had couples ask to shoot at Longwood Gardens, The Art Museum, Valley Forge Park, Citizens Bank Park and Grounds for Sculpture to name a few.
While most locations are easy to pull off, a place like Citizens Bank Park calls for a bit more logistical issues. First, you have to get permission from the owner, The Phillies. Second, you have to pay a fee for renting the space. And you have to sign a bunch of paperwork. They have to have an escort available to you to take you from location to location. You can not go on the actual playing field, but everything else is open to you. Liability insurance is required as well. Not that you’ll need it, but you never know. Better to be safe than sorry. Some place just require a donation for entrance.
You’ll find that most places are open to allowing use of their locations, but be prepared to cover the rental fee. Some might not be, but all you have to do is ask. They can either say no or yes, and you won’t know unless you ask first. Some are free and some are not.
Personally, I love finding locations where no one has done an engagement session or even though of it yet. Let’s be the first to shoot at (fill in the blank).
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We believe there is no significant moment greater than the declaration of a couple’s love in matrimony. Our goal is to paint a beautiful picture once in a lifetime picture of your joyous day with strokes of light and emotion. We capture a slice of life as it happens, visually telling the bride & groom’s story. Cain Images approach is unintrusive and unobstructive. Of our style, Jessica and William Pitts, whose wedding we photographed, said “We were shocked at all the stuff you got pics of that we didn’t even see happening!”
Elise and Juan Berrocal, whose wedding we also photographed, said of our work, “We absolutely love the album and portraits. We appreciate all your hard work — from preparing with us for the wedding, to your professionalism on the day of, to your follow-up afterward. We couldn’t image having worked with a different photographer…you are simply the best. Thank you again!”
Tivona and LeMar, said “My pictures were amazing! When I first looked at them, I started crying. My photographer, Bill captured everything I wanted and so much more! He even got all of my crazy facial expressions (which I love). People are always telling me that I make the craziest facial expressions and now I can see them, LOL! Bill has such a great personality, when you talk to him, it’s like you’re talking to an old friend. I love when pictures tell a story and mine definitely do!”
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