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.