Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tim and Ginny: Modesto Wedding Photography

I’ve long held the belief that in times of great need the universe will often put people in our paths that possess the power to help us through our troubles. It’s up to us to decide where we go from there. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own strife that we can’t see the help for what it is and continue on without that help. Other times we walk with them for a short while, taking what we need and then parting ways. I think most interactions, especially with regards to romance, start out like the latter.

Perhaps that’s how things started for Tim and Ginny when the universe, acting through Tim’s sister, set them up on their first date. They were just two people out for a good time and a little distraction from life.

Now, as I see it, there are many ways to come out of hardship. The first is the way that most people come out of it: cautiously. Really, that term ‘caution’ is just a stand in for ‘fear.’ We are afraid to repeat the pain we just experienced, and so we block out joy for the comfort of the familiar.

While caution is the most common way to emerge from hardship, I’d say that the least common way is with a deep appreciation of not just life, but of living. The greater the hardship, the deeper this gift places itself in our hearts and minds. For to know great loss, you must also have known great love. The wisest of us emerges from pain and suffering with the shackles of pessimism broken and bearing the gift of appreciation. We no longer look at life through excuses; in fact, we don’t look at it at all. Instead, we live it.

That’s exactly what I saw in Tim and Ginny when I photographed their new family. It’s what I heard in their voices when they talked about their ‘quick’ wedding. These were people not bound by pessimism; they were people who understood how terribly fragile life is and they wanted to live it before it was gone.

So come with me now to the Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch in Ivanhoe, California, and bear witness to some of the images that commemorate that living of life and the deep appreciation these two have for the presence of one another.  

Seven Sycamores second venu
There were two weddings going on at Seven Sycamores that day. This was the outdoors setup for the Tim and Ginny's.

Wedding snack bar
Uhm, yum?

Wedding popcorn
Let's zoom in on that popcorn goodness.

Detail shot of wedding popcorn toppings
So many choices.
Rustic wedding sign
Little elements like this go a long way to filling out a sign in table.

Sign in table ideas
Here's a fantastic idea. Tim and Ginny used their engagement shoot as a combination engagement/family shoot, then had
pieces printed for their home that doubled as decorations for the ceremony.

Receiving table ideas
Love the way the photos help to convey the sense of family.

Wedding Sign
Signs. I love signs.

Guest peeking at reception hall at seven sycamores
What's behind those doors at the barn?

Head table seven sycamores
Yes, that's an arbor inside a barn, . . . sort of. 

Tables set up at seven sycamores
The barn, from the outside, looks just like a regular barn, but inside you find that it's a facade for an open air reception area.
Detail shot of the cake
Tried shooting this cake with natural light because the sun was poring in on it, but it just didn't do it justice. 

Bride looking in the mirror
I'm sure that Seven Sycamores has another getting ready area but their secondary spot is a bit crowded and has terrible
light, hence the black and white.

bridal gown tip
Here's a great tip that Ginny shared with me. Use a hooked crochet needle to help with the buttoning up of the bride. Those
that have seen my wedding survival box will now be able to find one of those in there too.
Bride at the doors of the Seven Sycamores barn
Just a little time for some quick bridals before the ceremony.

This gives a better perspective of how the Seven Sycamores barn looks like a barn from the outside but is actually open on the inside.

The ceremony took place after dark and that resulted in terrible light, but none of that matters when you have heartfelt expressions like these.

After dark wedding photography at seven sycamores
Shooting after dark is incredibly difficult and yields far fewer shots because of the amount of setup it requires. On the other hand, the rewards can be amazing. Lots of color and beautiful lights in the background at Seven Sycamores after dark. 

One of the troubles we ran into with another wedding going on, was that it was difficult to find places not crawling with other guests when we took pictures. Here we're shooting on the back side of a shed. What you don't see off on camera left is the wedding party waiting to be introduced.

There's a nice long walk up to the reception area.

Blessing the food.

Our best man.

Loved the way the light danced in our maid of honor's eyes.

First dance under the long gazebo.

Now that's passion.

Dip shot showing the barn at Seven Sycamores
This was the last shot of the night. Okay, the last several shots. Had to set this up on a tripod and do several takes in between guests interrupting us. I then had to merge it in photoshop. Made a video about it that I'll put together and share soon so be watching for that. Speaking of video, I'm finding that I particularly enjoy this shot when cropped to 1.85:1. I've been learning about and investing in videography lately so that I can start hybrid shooting (photo and video from one person for a cohesive presentation). If that's something you might be interested in, let me know when we sit down to talk about your wedding.

Venue: Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch in Ivanhoe, California.

Special Notice: I'm gearing up to start offering hybrid packages. That's photography and videography with a single cohesive vision but I don't debut anything until I know I can deliver the goods. If you want to be a test subject, let me know. If you know someone that already booked their wedding photographer but is playing around with the idea of videography who wouldn't mind me experimenting at their wedding, let me know, this is a great way to get an amazing deal. 

Discounts: Everyone in the wedding party is entitled to a $200 discount for their wedding day.
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