Wedding photography with Tom and Hannah
Yes, there really is an Industry, Tx. And yes, there is a cool place to get married there; it’s called the Welcome Hall, and has that name because the hall was moved there from Welcome, Tx. What a great old place, with awesome wood all on the interior of the hall and a fantastic wood floor. In fact, I used the wall as the backdrop for my award-winning portrait of the sound guy.
We started our work with Hannah at the home of a family friend, where she dressed and the bridesmaids prayed over her for blessing. We photographed a few portraits outside as the sun began to set. Then it was off to the Welcome Hall for the wedding and reception. At the hall, we prepared for the ceremony by setting up our lights near the ceremony site and working with the bride and her maids in a couple of extra spots for portraits. Then it was off the the ceremony.
After the ceremony, we had to have a little fun with the wedding party and family by photographing them under the outdoor heater; they were all kinda cold in the evening air.
After the few posed portraits the family wanted were taken, we moved on to the reception, with dancing, fellowship and fun. A great way to spend the evening before heading off to the honeymoon. We typically set up our lights in the corners of the reception hall; we really needed them here since the interior was so dark and the ceiling so high.
Without the lights that we brought and set up, we would not have had the capability to create the photographs of the day that were possible; it was simply dark. Since the wedding was outside, and started after sunset, it was dark. And since the interior of the hall was dark, and the hall lights were not really capable of lighting the whole room, the reception was dark. So, we used our own lights to augment the evening. I think this is one of several key values that I, as a professional photographer, can bring to a wedding; we can make beautiful light in almost any circumstance as long as the bride and the minister allow it. And with light, we can make great photographs.