This past summer, my husband Will began shooting weddings with me. Will has been a serious photographer for even longer than I have. (Read more about him here) His style is very different from mine, and we actually give wedding clients two complete and unique sets of images when they hire both of us. Two serious photographers with distinct perspectives covering the same wedding a unique idea in the wedding industry, where most photographers hire an aspiring wedding photographer, or a student to follow them around with a second camera and look busy.
I digress...we enjoy shooting with eachother, and have lately devised a daily photo contest with eachother in order to keep our skills sharp. The subject, camera, technique, and processing can be anything. The only rule is, it has to be photographed on that day, and whichever image is stronger wins. Sometimes the winner is mutually agreed on, often it is not, and we have to seek out the opinions of a few friends. The goal of this game is to have a compelling reason to go out and shoot each day, often when we don't feel inspired, or expect to be anywhere traditionally beautiful. "Constraint breeds creativity" is something Will often says, and it's demonstrably true. Creating images on the fly when the lighting, subject, or backdrop isn't ideal is about 90% of wedding photography. Keeping our skills sharp in the off-season has been invaluable and fun.
Today I'm sharing with you some of the fruits of our labor.