[FRAMED] War Paint

Firstly, let me say that I realize I didn't post up a [FRAMED] post last Friday, sorry to those of you who came looking for it. Truth of the matter is, my schedule's been hectic lately so last Friday I took a day off so my daughter and I could have a special day of fun and activities. Days like that are rare and important to me so I let my blogging slide a bit. However, this week we're back on track and I've got another [FRAME] selected. This one is a funny one taken at a recent wedding. Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel Marshalltown/Tama, IA to photograph the beautiful outdoor wedding of Brittany and Luke. Leading up to the wedding, we didn't know how things were going to play out because the big day was being overshadowed by the threat of rain in the forecast. Miraculously, the skies cleared up and we had a perfect day. I met up with the girls in a great little salon in Marshalltown where the beautification process was in full swing.

I love this time of day because it's always relaxed and I use it as a time to get to know the girls and get them comfortable with me before the real shooting begins later in the day. Typically, I don't just stand on the sidelines and awkwardly shoot. I like to get involved in the conversation, share my own stories, tell funny jokes, etc. Basically, whatever I have to do to earn their trust.

I can't tell you why, but for some reason, I was drawn to the bride's sister, Anna. In retrospect, I think it was because she's a lot like me, funny, light-hearted, and very sarcastic. So after a while, we had a little banter going back and forth, which continued throughout the day as well. Anyways, at one point I walked by to photograph the makeup process and at this point, she had smears of makeup all over her face. I laughed because to me, it resembled tribal war paint.

I said, "Wow Anna, that's a great look for you. Just rock that all day — looks like war paint."

Then, without warning she turned and threw me her best tribal warrior look and I was able to snap the following shots. It definitely got some laughs and the portraits are priceless.

I still smile every time I look at these because I just love interacting and joking with everyone at the wedding. Weddings are so stiff by nature so it's a blessing anytime you can inject a little humor or share some funny moments with the wedding party or family. It immediately dissolves the tension in the room and the resulting shots are always some great memories. Plus, a little good-natured banter back and forth is a great way to break the ice and get people to relax around you.

On a side note, I've got a busy weekend full of a meetings, two engagement shoots, and a wedding so be sure to check in next week as I'll be sharing some of my recent work.

Cheers and Happy Friday!

A bridesmaid with makeup smeared like war paint

A bridesmaid with makeup smeared like war paint