Framed: The First Meet


Well, here we are. As I said last week the Framed Series is returning and this is the first post to kick things off. For those of you who are unfamiliar, a few years ago I used to post a photo every Friday about a great moment from the weddings I photography. I would go into detail about the moment, why I liked it so much, and give a little background story to lend some perspective to the readers. In a sense it connected people to my work and also served as a reminder to me about how important photographing special moments can be. At some point, I stopped posting the photos, but have thought about bringing them back ever since. I couldn’t think of a better time than right now.

So, without further ado, here is this week’s frame. This one comes from Austin and Stephanie’s beautiful wedding at the Rollins Mansion in Des Moines. For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Rollins mansion is a beautiful historical mansion on the outskirts of the downtown Des Moines area that can be rented out for events. The mansion boasts beautiful brick work, lush gardens, and a large wooden terrace that is perfect for hosting large parties outside during sunset.

This moment in particular was during Austin and Stephanie’s first meet and I wanted to create something with a little drama to it. So, upon looking around the mansion, I found a great location in a circular courtyard on one corner of the mansion. The defining feature of this space was a beautiful brick staircase alongside a large brick wall. Immediately, I had this strong vision in my head of having Austin waiting at the bottom of the staircase and having Stephanie slowly walking down to meet him. It looked amazing and I chose a viewpoint that utilized the soft natural light flooding into the courtyard as well as highlighting the beautiful trees. I told the bride and groom about my plan and they both loved the idea so I moved Austin into place and gave him some final instructions. I then had Stephanie’s sister escort her out the front door of the mansion and walk around to the top of the staircase.

I gave the signal and Stephanie slowly walked down the brick staircase where Austin awaited. The image was absolutely stunning and synced up perfectly to what I pictured in my head. Stephanie looked absolutely angelic as she slowly descended with her dress trailing behind her. She arrived at the bottom of the stairs, took a moment to compose herself, then proceeded forward to where Austin stood. Just as the anticipation reached its peak, she gently tapped him on the shoulder…giving him the signal to turn around. As soon as he laid eyes on his bride, his face transformed into a great combination of joy and adoration. The two of them stared at each other for a moment in an attempt to take everything in, but soon threw their arms around each other while sharing a long kiss. It was absolutely perfect. Personally, I love moments such as this. They serve as an important reminder of why good photography is so important and why I love my job so much.

Cheers and happy Friday!