Chad is a friend of mine that I met while working at wedding shows quite a few years back. I couldn’t have been happier to hear that he was tying the knot with Kailin.
The wedding day was one of those scorchers – the kind of day where there’s no hiding from the sun. This was pretty much the entire story this year. It seemed like every single time I picked up my camera it would either rain, or the sun would beat down like crazy. No perfect overcast days for me this year. Kailin and Chad’s wedding day was no exception. By noon the sun was so bright I could barely see. I remember walking out from St.Micheal’s Cathedral after the ceremony and feeling like my retinas were being poked with hot chopsticks!
Any photographer with even minimal experience will attest that super bright mid-day sun is one of the most challenging conditions to shoot it. I was happy to see the odd cloud roll-by when I began to shoot the wedding party at Casa Loma. I’m a sucker for those clouds, and the entire wedding party now have the shared memory of me asking them all to “wait…wait…here comes another cloud…NOW!”
I guess what I’m rambling on about here is actually a bit of advice for wedding photographers who care, or rather the game that I sometimes play with the sun: Keep your eye on the clouds! If it looks like there will be a few seconds of better light in the form of a giant softbox (cloud) passing overhead, take advantage of it. I know that one of the hardest things to do when you have a big wedding party standing there waiting for your instruction is to make them wait, but in the end it’s usually worth it.
Kailin and Chad, you guys looked great. It was a great time meeting your families and seeing everyone having so much fun.