Probably the greatest honor we feel as wedding photographers is doing a wedding for another wedding photographer. After all, these people spend each day looking at this stuff, and know exactly what they like. But it was an even greater pleasure when that photographer is someone like Michael Stravinos, who is not just talented, but has been a friend, a workshop student, and collaborator.
And then you add that the wedding would be at the fantastic George Peabody Library in Baltimore, a place I’ve wanted to shoot in ever since I first saw it? We jumped at the chance. It didn’t matter that we also had to be in New York and Pennsylvania that weekend … we were going to make this happen.
It was amazing start to finish, filled with tears, laughter, Greek dancing, beautiful details, a solemn church ceremony … dripping with meaning and emotion throughout.
For the photographers out there, this was our first wedding with the Sony A9, and apart from the more technical aspects it was incredible to be able to shoot all of the events of the day completely silently, getting angles during prayers and at moments of peak emotion while intruding as little as possible. We always want to capture the real emotions so that you can look back and feel what it was like to be there in the midst of it, and this has been a helpful tool for us.
The best way to drive home the importance of every aspect of a wedding is to plan one yourself. Next to that, photograph a wedding for a family you are connected to. With Ayelet and Keston’s wedding, I found both of these worlds colliding. Not only did I get to photograph this wedding with Tatiana Breslow, the talented photographer and extraordinary person I am planning to spend the rest of my life with, but Ayelet is the sister of one of Tatiana’s best friends, Inbal Sivan, another extremely talented wedding photographer (and also our neighbor).
In some ways the pressure was on — again we were working to the standards of wedding photographer clients, and we wanted to do the best we can for these wonderful people and a family that was so kind to us … but that sort of pressure is always on. Instead, by being such an integrated part of this wedding day, and with the wedding itself being so intimate, we felt like guests happily documenting the story before us. After all, not only were we the wedding photographers, but our apartment was the getting ready space, and we even stepped in for a bit as impromptu DJs at the end of the night. Being able to see weddings from the inside-out is a refreshing experience, and reminds us again how lucky we are to tell stories of emotion and lasting importance, and to fill our days with people like these. Congratulations Ayelet and Keston.