It’s funny I have done over 300 weddings and have always felt that you really know a person after shooting their big day. I was so wrong. Something beautiful happens when all the decorations go away, no need to impress guest, and a couple just has time to explore the world and the things they love. Couples completely raw in their element, no work, having life changing experiences. Mark Twain said ‘I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.’
Last month I shot my first honeymoon! It was the most amazing, life changing experience that I could imagine. I followed Marisa and Phil for 6 days around New Zealand. I saw the groom with so much joy that he giggled like a 4 year old girl (and this is a guy with muscles and tattoos), I also saw him get really sad over pancakes. These moments, were raw, and simply beautiful. I was the ultimate third wheel on Valentine’s day… literally being on someone else’s honeymoon, but wow, there was no where else in the world I would rather be. Marisa is a vet who loves animals, and we got to swim with thousands of acrobatic dusky dolphins, it was so beyond beautiful. I saw the bride with so much joy, that her smile literally looked like it wanted to jump off her face, while wild dolphin jumped around her. Phil owes a climbing gym, and I got to not only hang with my Nikon D4s, but I literally got to hang and get some climbing in! That camera not only went cliff side, it camped with us, and went underwater with us.
Marisa pulled a camera out the last hour I was with them (which I thought was strange since I hadn’t seen it until then), she turned to me and said… “I have to get a photo of you”. That made me so happy. Not only did they get to really enjoy these moments without worrying about capturing them, but I had become part of the story. I just love these two, and am so happy that they feel like they are now friends for life. Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for trusting me and for being so freakin awesome! I love you guys and hope you love the pictures as much as I loved taking them!