Kat + Jon (Part 2)

As I mentioned in the previous blog post, Kat and Jon split their wedding into two parts, where the ceremony and reception took place between two days. This post will highlight the reception portion of their wedding.

I've been to the Graduate several times to take pictures at the venue, but this was my most memorable visit there as Kat and Jon's wedding reception was taking place at the same time as a BBQ, Bourbon and Blues Festival and a Georgia football game. There were a lot of moving parts to keep in mind that day, and it took all my energy to stay focused.

Despite having many challenges ahead of me, I tackled this coverage solo mostly using one camera body (Nikon D700), one lens (50mm f/1.4), one strobe light (AB800) and a single external flash (SB700). Although I brought most of my gear, I chose to keep it simple and use the least amount of equipment possible to avoid worrying about spending time swapping camera bodies, lenses and lighting (I will post something about gear soon so stay tuned for that).

Hopefully the pictures will show that you don't have to have the latest camera bodies or lenses to capture a wedding. Lately I have been wondering about switching camera systems or buying a new camera body, but the more I think about it, the less appealing it becomes when you consider the time and money I have invested in learning to use what I have.

Anyway, enough about the technical side of things. I will ramble on about it later.

Since their wedding was decorated with the 1920's decade in mind, I chose to upload most of the pictures in black and white. I think it's very fitting considering the time-period theme, but if you feel like I should incorporate more of the color files, comment below to express your opinions.

Kat + Jon

I've known Kat for almost 5 years now, and when she asked me to take her wedding pictures, there was no doubt in my mind that it would be a blast to be a part of. We've been on trips going kayaking, riding rollercoasters at Six Flags, and just straight up getting into shenanigans anytime we could so I knew that whoever she was going to marry was in for a wild ride.

I got introduced to Jon a few years back, and I could instantly see that they were crazy for each other. You know a relationship is going to last when someone has already had children with a previous partner but you accept their kids as your own, and that's exactly how Kat felt with Jon's girls.

Kat came to me with this idea that they were going to split their ceremony and reception into two days, and I thought it was very unconventional and strange, but it's actually kind of genius. I highly recommend doing this if you can. The main reason why she wanted to do this was because their 4 year anniversary is today, so they wanted to celebrate it by getting married on the same day (so sweet).

The pictures below are the first part of their wedding set where they got married at Ben Burton Park, and tomorrow I will be uploading part of the reception coverage from The Graduate.


Madison + Zach

I'm going to try to be better about posting regularly because there are going to be a lot of photoshoots happening in October, and I really want to highlight all the amazing people I am going to work with.

To kick things off, I was contacted by Justin Hardigree, a local Athens photographer, to collaborate on some photos a few months ago. My schedule was crazy doing weddings and editing throughout the week, so we didn't have a chance to get together until recently. We were finally able to meet up and hang out a couple of days ago to discuss what kind of pictures we wanted to create. His fiancée, Kelly Caudell, came along to scope out locations for the photoshoot we've been wanting to do, and while we were walking around Sandy Creek Nature Center, she mentioned that she was shooting her friend's engagement pictures later that evening and asked if I wanted to come along with her and Justin. I agreed to help out and man, am I glad that I came.

I told Justin and Kelly about this spot at the State Botanical Gardens in Athens that is just magical during sunset (I will gladly share its location if you are interested in shooting there as well.) With the fall weather slowly rolling in and the sun setting in the back, it is truly a great spot to shoot. Below are some of the photos I took of Kelly's newly-engaged friends, Madison and Zach.

It's amazing how the same subjects can be captured by three different photographers. To see how different our pictures turned out, go check out Justin's work at:
justin-hardigree.com // instagram.com/justin.hardigree

And Kelly's pictures here: instagram.com/k3lcaudell

I would love to know what you think about our pictures! Please comment below or send us a message.

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