Thoughts on Second Shooting: Kari & Joel

Last month I joined my friend Erik Matey as a second shooter to for Kari & Joel’s wedding.  I love having the opportunity to second shoot because it allows me to see the whole wedding in a different way.  When I’m not under pressure to get all the shoots I need, it allows me the freedom to take my time and see things from a new perspective.  It can be a very inspiring experience.  Here are a few favorites from Kari and Joel’s wedding at Normandy Farms:


I began off the day with Joel and the guys getting ready.  The guys all worse these awesome chucks:

I also joined Erik for some last minute portraits of Kari before their first look.

While I was with Joel getting ready he seemed very nervous, which I thought was sweet, and I mentioned it to Kari… which made her even more nervous (oops!).  When the saw each other for the first time the nerves melted away.

It was an absolutely freezing January day, but Kari was such a trooper to do a few portraits outside.  We had the most gorgeous blue sky.

At this point Erik was taking some portraits of Kari and I slipped behind the marble bar to catch another angle, and noticed how great the reflection was.  One of my favorites.

Generally as the first shooter I’m set up at the front of the aisle to catch the bride coming down it, but as the second shooter I had the opportunity to stay in the back and get the last moments of of Kari with her dad before she walked down the aisle.  Another favorite!

Love the tears in Kari’s eyes here, she was so emotional and it was very sweet.

Thanks to Erik for having me  as a second shooter!

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  • So awesome! Loved that reflection one!!

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