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The search for real pictures

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I went to St. Louis over the recent holidays to visit family and photograph my cousin Meggie marry Grant in a ceremony filled with family and friends. It was wonderful to be a part of the whole thing. While most of the weddings Rob and I photograph are right here in the Northwest, we do travel. We’ve had weddings in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Chicago and Hawaii. We’re not scared to jump on a plane. The end goal is the same no matter where we are: to tell the story.

From the moment I step out my door the morning of the wedding, I am looking for pictures.
That doesn’t end until late that night as things wind down on the dance floor.

Throughout the day, I pay attention to quiet details and also to make pictures of the big events.
It’s my job to produce a record of moments or tiny slices of the day the bride and groom might not have had a chance to see themselves.

I want the couple to say, “Whoa, I didn’t even know that happened.”

Why? Because the bride and groom, while pulled in many directions throughout the day, can’t be everywhere at once. But seeing images later that tell the real story of their wedding day, they will understand that people smiled, people laughed, people had fun even though they were consumed with the layers of obligation.

As time slips by, it’s these images that bring back the great memories of the wedding. And I am most content when the couple tells me, “Thanks. These pictures really say it all.”

— Tim

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