First Dance

Opening up my latest gallery of wedding photos for public viewing today! I’ve posted a few of these on the blog and on flickr, but since this was the first wedding I second-shot, I wanted to wait until the primary photographer was ready to share everything.

So without further ado, here is the gallery link:

If you are curious, take a look! And if you want to see more, head over to my friend Sebastian’s webpage ( I have linked to him before, but we’re all in this together, so check him out! His website also has photos of my own wedding, which it feels a little strange to link to…

This, of course, is one of my first dance photos. I realized I didn’t post one of these in the original set so this seemed like a good time. This photo was taken without flash, as were the vast majority of these wedding photos. Usually I don’t feel like I have the freedom to do this, but I knew I could that night, so I gave it a shot (so to speak) and was pretty happy with the results! We’ll see how this works out in the future. I greatly prefer to use natural/available light, and can usually make it work, as long as clients are open to my style/look. Probably this is related to the fact that I used to photograph a lot of theatre and dance… Talk about limited lighting and a lot of motion! But shooting this way can be limiting, and I do get frustrated with the higher failure rate of trying to photograph basically in the dark.

Sorry for the ramble. I’m clearly still working this all out in my head! We can’t all be good at everything, so maybe it’s time I learn what I’m good at and really focus on that?

Let me know what you think, and take a look if you’re curious!

the second-photographer’s view

Although timing was tight to get outside for that “golden light” of evening after this wedding, we totally pulled it off. And it resulted in some portraits with lovely light.

I’m still figuring out what to do with it in the post-processing, but it’s fun!

Might post one more tomorrow, but we’re about at the end of the wedding week posts! Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this side of what I do–I’d love to find myself doing more of it in the future!

a little dancing before dinner

Posting pre-baseball game tonight–so that it’s not quite so late!

Fast forwarded through the post-ceremony portraits/start of the reception because I wanted to share this photo–it’s just so freaking adorable.

There are a few others in the sequence, but I kept coming back to this one as a favorite.

Just another day or so of posting wedding photos, then I promise I’ll take a break and/or move on to other things… Might be time to try my hand at baseball photos again since the season has started for the team my husband coaches–third game tonight!

another favorite

IMG_1378.jpg by Lily M-C
IMG_1378.jpg, a photo by Lily M-C on Flickr.

still determined to post each day–just barely made it!

this is, as the title implies, another of my favorites. not completely sure why–something the contrast of the background with the bride? and the fact that it happened just, well, because it happened. we were walking from one building to another, and there it was.

uploading a few more to flickr tomorrow! hopefully a few of the post-ceremony couple/bridal party photos and some from the reception. gotta love first dance photos (another of my favorite things to photograph, although not something we included in our own wedding!).

a reading

IMG_6569.jpg by Lily M-C
IMG_6569.jpg, a photo by Lily M-C on Flickr.

It can be super difficult to get decent photos of people reading during a wedding ceremony–but I really was happy with many of the ones from this wedding!

Most of the readers looked up and out often enough that I could actually catch their eyes, and even in the moments that they were looking down the bride and groom were so animated and engaged with their guests that the photos managed to be both sweet and interesting.

Uploaded a few photos from the ceremony to flickr–still rough edits, but trying to keep myself posting through the week!


reflections by Lily M-C
reflections, a photo by Lily M-C on Flickr.

Ok–so I love this photo.

And it’s a great example of one of the things I enjoyed most about photographing this wedding–having the chance to step back, wait for the moment I wanted, and catch it.

I can’t say that was what I liked most about this batch of photos (and shooting this wedding) though, because the ones you have yet to see, well there’s a lot of love visible there. This was one of the smaller weddings I’ve photographed–but the love and community surrounding this couple was so strong that it felt huge.

That made more sense in my head. Maybe I’ll express it better as I keep posting photos–stay tuned! I know these have both been from the “getting ready” part of the day so far, but there are many more to come!


IMG_1190.jpg by Lily M-C
IMG_1190.jpg, a photo by Lily M-C on Flickr.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding as a second-shooter for a friend of mine (the same friend who photographed my own wedding, you can find him here:

It’s the first time I’ve ever not worked as the primary photographer, and I had a blast! Getting the chance to watch somebody else lead and relax a little bit in my own work allowed me to slow down and enjoy the process in a way that I haven’t gotten to in a while. It reminded me that I genuinely like photographing weddings–and I think I ended up with some lovely work!

With very few exceptions I shot the entire wedding with my 50mm prime–which was NOT my original intention, it just kind of happened. I also basically left the autofocus off, and used the flash only a handful of times. I was able to do this because somebody was covering everything else, but it meant I got to experiment a little, have some fun, and see what happened (sorry, Sebastian!). I left the night with a bit more insight into the kind of work I like to do and equipment I might want to look into for the future–which is much appreciated.

So many good things!

I’ll probably be posting photos from this wedding throughout the week–I managed to get through a rough edit of the whole thing today, and although I won’t really be able to polish them up until the weekend, I can throw a few out there into the universe.

So many congratulations to this lovely bride and groom!