I had a good time at my wedding. We hired a really good photographer, too. I wanted someone who wouldn’t just line everyone up and take a bunch of boring portraits. Instead, he and his partner followed us around the whole day. That probably sounds excessive and irritating, but after about a half hour everyone forgot they were even there. The result was some really great pictures.

This is going to sound self-centered but my favorite picture was taken of me. One of the photographers caught the expression on my face as I was watching my bride come down the aisle. It captured everything that day was about for me: so much happiness that I would be sharing my life with this amazing person. Every time she gets mad at me, I point at that picture up on our wall. I ask her, “how can you be mad at this guy? Look how much he loves you.” It even works sometimes.

One great picture of the two of us was taken during the ceremony. The only thing in the photo is our hands. They were intertwined and it was right after we did the ring exchange. I don’t know if they were close to us or if it was just a good lens. I didn’t see the photo being taken. Another one of my favorite pictures happened right after the ceremony. We’d never actually rehearsed what we were supposed to do after we walked down the aisle together at the end. We ended up just standing outside together by ourselves. My wife was holding my hand and laughing at me. I remember what she said: “We did it. We’re married.” I was smiling. We had no idea the photographer had even come outside. We thought we were alone. I think that’s the sign of a good wedding photographer—somebody who is there at the right time and doesn’t interfere with spontaneous moments.

We didn’t do a lot of those typical pictures. We have pictures of us with the whole bridal party, but only a few of them are posed portraits. The only real portrait type photos that were taken were of us with our parents and then one of everyone who attended the wedding – that picture was sent out as part of our thank you card. There was no smashing-each-other-with-the-cake type things. I don’t even know why anybody does those. I don’t know of anyone who has a picture like that blown up and hung over the mantle. To each his own, I guess.

I try to keep my favorite shots in mind when I take pictures at other people’ weddings. I try to find those same kinds of special moments for other couples on their special day. Sometimes I feel like I have to be paying attention to every single thing that is going on so that I don’t miss anything. Maybe one day I will be good enough that I can hire an assistant and won’t have to worry so much about that.

Welcome to my blog. It is about photography. If you are getting married in the Albany area, I am your guy. This blog, however, is not about self-promotion and getting new jobs. I want readers from all over the world with whom I can share funny or colorful stories. It helps me focus on what’s important in life. For me it is the eye of the camera. You all take hundreds of photos for Instagram and Facebook to share with “friends,” but for me it is a profession. I know how to get the best from the “sitter” or in most cases, the married couple. I am hopeful that the world still needs my services.

I go to all kinds of venues from a ski chalet and lavish resort to a campground or theme park. Some of them are quite unique and create photo opportunities galore. Imagine taking pix of the couple riding a roller coaster or stretching their legs on a ski lift. Most of the time it is the usual wedding venue and they can be run of the mill, but recently I enjoyed taking pictures at a small backyard ceremony in a suburban neighborhood. It was a lovely little event, in its own way as nice as any lush public garden. It had been transformed in a modest but delightful way.

I tried to make the reception shots look festive with plenty of greenery in the background. The dominant feature of the yard, however, was the modest kidney-shaped pool. It was sparkling clean and held vast numbers of gorgeous multi-hued flowers as an alternative to lily pads. Around the edges were more flowers in baskets with leaves trailing into the water. They didn’t have a DJ and interestingly enough, they used a floating Bluetooth pool speaker also in the same inground pool. They had an MP3 playlist of which I heartily approved. I see that you don’t need a pro after all. This is a case of “do it yourself.” You can apply the savings to flowers as they are visually stimulating and create the perfect ambiance.

And it was ideal. The photos were well composed and inclusive and I successfully avoided getting the speakers in the shots. The constant music was a nice gesture and there was no dancing. This was a real difference from other weddings I have attended. People enjoyed talking while holding glasses of champagne, and now and then they made a beeline for the catered food. There was plenty of room for a long cloth-covered buffet table which held vases of flowers at each end. The food was artfully displayed and as elegant as I have seen in the most luxurious hotels. Someone had hired a professional planner to be sure and the person knows the wedding business. You can work with any location and make it as innovative or traditional as you want. It works on any budget I am happy to say.