Nikki + Chuck Get Married
So, I don't typically photograph weddings. I'm a believer in the school of thought that says you do what you do, and you work your ass off to do it as well as you can—that spreading yourself too thin (trying to do everything) only results in mediocrity. I'm not a landscape photographer or a street photographer or an architectural photographer. That's not to say I don't ever photograph those things, but they're outside what I consider to be my specialty. When my friend Nikki asked me to photograph her wedding I tried to say no. Really, I did. But she worked it: "We aren't having a typical wedding and we don't want a typical wedding photographer, we want you—just do what you do and we'll be happy". Clearly, I didn't stand a chance. The fact that she and her fiancé, Chuck, were blending their two families only pulled at my heartstrings even more. After all, when I walked down the aisle, nearly ten years ago, I was accompanied by my seven-year-old son. I know from blended families. Nikki was right—this was no typical wedding. These seven people and their loved ones coming together to witness and make promises to each other—little girls laughing as they skipped down the aisle to become sisters, a mother wrangling her brood into their finery, a father stepping away from the party to hear a secret or console a child. The love was endless. And I was honored to bear witness to it and am now thrilled to share some of these moments as I saw them through my lens.
Nikki and Chuck: I wish you years filled with moments like these.