I had the privilege of shooting my beautiful friend Sarah’s wedding in Washington DC, this October. Sarah is a dear friend of mine that I have known for almost a decade, and I was honored and privileged to not only be present on her wedding day, but to be photographing it!
While I have been gradually building myself as a commercial photographer recently, I still do weddings! Ultimately, I don’t see a huge separation between my commercial portraiture and my wedding work – the attention to style I apply in my wedding work is what has enabled me to do commercial work.
Some photographers who I know and admire very well do a constant blend of both, and their sites reflect this – I have separated out my sites simply because I feel the body of my work has grown enough that it serves me to use this approach for now.
This is the URL for my wedding blog, and you can find a link to my commercial wedding portfolio here: http://www.israelgrovemanweddings.com. My availability for weddings really just depends on my schedule and whether I am the right type of photographer for you!
Enough about me!
Sarah and Giorgio are a wonderful couple, their hearts of joy are a delight to be around. The wedding was filled with family and people that know and love each other well! Many of the guests and family were also able to attend from Italy and other places nationwide and overseas.
I start out the post with a sneak preview of what turned out to be a very, very special portrait session for me – more of that at the end of the post!
With Sarah and Giorgio, rather than generating a ton of different poses and cycling through a typical “list” of varied portraits – I wanted at least one portrait setting that captured the essence of who they are as a couple – dramatic, romantic, passionate, but also intensely stylish, fashionable, and suave.
Unfortunately our schedule was a little shorter than we hoped, and we had a downpour of cold October rain during the time we were supposed to do portraits. A wedding is like a race, and if you want something truly stylized, it can be like trying to fit a commercial style shoot during a pit-stop.
I feel I have grown at finding moments and locations like these! Every time you land it, it’s as thrilling as scoring a touchdown in the Super Bowl! Not that I have ever done this, but I did sack the enemy team’s quarterback causing a fumble which led to a touchdown in one of my Little League games a long time ago.
Thankfully, I found about ten minutes in the schedule later on in the evening during the reception, and with a few small furniture rearrangements, I was able to create a perfect spot in the lobby of the hotel to nail exactly what I was looking for! I couldn’t be more happy with how it turned out. Thanks again to Sarah and Giorgio for working with me, and congratulations!