Halfway through the ceremony, the Rabbi paused and started talking about me. I was scared when he started – did I get too close? Too many clicks? He smiled and started talking about myself being the “Photographer’s Photographer” and that I must be good if the amazing Pouya picked me to document this beautiful night. I better be after that.
That can be a lot of stress being hired by a fellow photographer – especially one as talented as Pouya. We work for the same clients in the sports magazine world and know each other’s work rather well. Needless to say the pressure was on. Luckily, working for a killer photographer can be a lot of fun, because he knows light, color, composition and the kind of moments I’m looking for. When he asked me to photograph his wedding to the beautiful Mallory, I was both thrilled and humbled to be the one they trusted when they have almost anyone to pick.
Mallory and Pouya grabbed the awesome Summerour Studio in Atlanta as their venue, which was insanely awesome to shoot at. Everything was lit by candle and window light with a couple hanging lanterns that really created a quiet, romantic, and wonderful mood to kill right away with some crazy, crazy dancing (mostly by Pouya). The circle of friends and family these two have around them is awesome. Everyone was welcoming and excited to be photographed. They knew what I wanted (Pouya has trained them well) photographically and the night was perfect for these two cats.
I’m constantly floored by how much love can be out there on display in one day. These two have a wonderful sense of humor and it was on display all day in between the tears of happiness. I’m witness to all of that and it makes me happy to be able to share that and document it for them. I especially dig the personal and quiet moments I get to be around for that no one sees until they get these photos – like the bride and groom grabbing a few moments of fresh air – with muffled hip-hop blaring inside and an occasional click of the Nikon breaking up this awesome night.
Congrats Pouya and Mallory – thank you so much for having me. We’ll see you in the photo pit soon.