August 12, 2014
Caroline & Tom . The Reception . Little Compton, RI . Part 2
“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
Reception coverage is very different from all the other photography that happens before. It’s even more documentary for our style of photography and we spend most of our time dancing back and forth trying to find ‘the decisive moment” – as one of my hero’s Henri Cartier Bresson is famous for coining, but also doing”society” photographs. I often say to my second shooter “this is the “cocktail waitress” part of our job, but it’s still as important as the other more artistic type of photography as well. Our job is to tell a story, but also to document the people that attended the wedding.
Caroline & Tom’s wedding blogpost continues from http://craznikov.wpengine.com/uncategorized/tom-caroline-little-compton-ri-sneak-peak-part-1/ with a combination of both types of photography.
I love hearing and photographing the toasts during a wedding. It is an honor to be able to hear a parent (or best friend or sibling) speak about the bride and groom with such pride and emotion. I feel like I get to know a little about the best side of people during these toasts. I am truly photographing with the eye, heart and hands during these moments.
I do like when the bride and groom slip away from the reception for a few moments together:
and then the dancing! Oh my the dancing! You’ve got to get right in on the dance floor to really get those good shots. When it’s going well, I’m dancing along with people. “The Happy Song” gets me moving these days and shooting with joy. A full belly helps at this point too. Food is energy and if you want your photographer’s to be joyful and energized for 2-4 hours of dancing, make sure you feed them at the same time you are eating, so they are ready to go when the action happens. 🙂
Also it helps to have one of the greatest bands in the area: Beantown!!! You are awesome!!!
The parent dances still make me weep. More so now that I have an 8 year old. It’s such a special tradition that I hope doesn’t go away….
Thanks Caroline & Tom for doing it right! Thanks also for all the amazing vendors that came together in a true work of art.
Florist: the one and only Sayles Livingston
Coordinator: the impeccable Wendy Joblon
Band: Awesome band! Beantown!
Catering: Amazing Chanterelle Catering
Portable Bathrooms: the prettiest portable bathroom in the world by Luxury Loo!
Makeup: the always fabulous Angela Janarelli-Vescera
Bride’s Stunning Dress: Oscar de la Renta
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Monique Lhuillier
Tent: Chase Canopy
Rehearsal Dinner: Herreshoff Museum
Rehearsal Dinner Clambake: Compton Clambakes