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Dodging a Snowstorm on Society Hill

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It wasn’t one of those pretty snowfalls for Alana and Joseph’s wedding.  It was a brutal Philly snowstorm from the already historic winter of 2014.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m the first one to want to embrace the elements while shooting, no matter what they are.  I love a brisk wind that picks up a veil and seems to make it float magically around a brides face.  A giant umbrella, and some creative lighting can truly make a rainy or snowy bridal portrait into a moody, stunning photo that any photographer would kill to have in their portfolio.  But weddings aren’t about me, and what I want.  They’re about the bride and groom and their day.  So although Alana and I had talked about touring Society Hill for some beautiful photos after her ceremony at St Peter’s Church, when the time came, all they wanted to do was get to their reception and party with their family and friends.  I’m not crazy about hotel photos.  The lighting is harsh and often from straight above, causing harsh shadows under the eyes.  What to do when the church is packed with people who can’t even get to their cars and you only have 10 minutes to get some photos of your bride and groom?  Look up.  The balcony of Saint Peter’s is flooded with natural light, large beautiful windows and white walls.  We quickly ushered the two up a back staircase.  I snapped some lovely natural light shots of the newly married couple, and quickly ran across to get some interesting wide shots from across the church.  Then everyone headed back for a stunning reception at the Society Hill Sheraton.  And in the end, we all stayed warm and dry, and STILL got gorgeous photos.  Excellent.

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