Bay Area wedding photography at Erin and Brian’s wedding

By Scott Sady

Erin and Brian’s wedding was a custom affair. They followed the traditions they liked and discarded ones they didn’t to make their wedding day reflect their personality. The couple got married at the Hacienda de las Colinas in San Rafael, California. Normally I work shooting weddings in the Lake Tahoe area, but since I went to school in the photojournalism program at San Jose State way back when, I always love it when I get a Bay Area wedding to photograph, so I can visit old friends.  This one took place on the 4th of July, and as with many of my clients, Erin and Brian liked my style of photography and pretty much wanted me to just do my thing all day. We had minimal family portraits and a group portrait of all the guests that they wanted, other than that they trusted me to capture the moments and emotions of their day, and were always game when I had an idea for a photograph. Even when it involved climbing upon some decorative wine casks.

Since my training and background is as a photojournalist, having worked as a staffer for the Associated Press in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and as the lead alpine events photographer for USA Today in the last two winter Olympics, documenting the emotions and the moments of the day is second nature to me. Often folks don’t even realize I am taking their picture which is the way I like it. Natural. However I also like to mix a fine art style into the shoot. As you can see in many of my recent posts, I often shoot some images with a pre-visualization of the post production photograph. I have an idea of the effects and looks I like to create with the aid of my computer, and when I see an opportunity to shoot for that post production, it makes a creative look and mixes well with the straight photojournalistic wedding photographs that I take as well. You can see two examples below in the portraits of Erin in front of a painting and in the bathtub. Neither of these scenes were particularly impressive at the time, but with the light at the time, I had an idea of what they could look like. Fortunately Erin was game to climb in and out of the tub in her dress, among other things, and let me do my thing.

This was one of the shorter weddings of the year, only 5 hours of shooting time. I usually prefer to shoot for 8 hours on a wedding, which allows me the time to make a wide variety of images. 4-5 hour days seem to fly by in a whirlwind of activity. Fortunately, when I got home and looked at the pictures, my experience and instincts paid off, and the pictures came out just the way I had expected.

Erin getting ready with her mom Maria during their wedding in the Bay Area

Erin getting ready with her mom Maria during their wedding in the Bay Area

Brian pretty much just had to through a shirt and jacket on and he was ready. They were watching the movie Dodgeball as they got ready. That movie cracks me up!

Brian pretty much just had to throw a shirt and jacket on and he was ready. They were watching the movie Dodgeball as they got ready. That movie cracks me up!

Erin in a few of the heavily post processed images. Mostly I work like a fly on the wall, documenting the action. But sometimes I see certain light or compositions and I see how it will look after I work on it and in those cases, I shoot for post.

Erin in a few of the heavily post processed images. Mostly I work like a fly on the wall, documenting the action. But sometimes I see certain light or compositions and I see how it will look after I work on it and in those cases, I shoot for post.

The ceremony was outdoors on the lawn of the Hacienda de las Colinas, with a nice breeze and a beautiful view.

The ceremony was outdoors on the lawn of the Hacienda de las Colinas, with a nice breeze and a beautiful view.

Erin and Brian made a big party out of their wedding day. Everyone was having so much fun. We made the portrait session after the ceremony short and sweet so they could join the party.

Erin and Brian made a big party out of their wedding day. Everyone was having so much fun. We made the portrait session after the ceremony short and sweet so they could join the party.

Erin and Brian dancing by the pool in this reflective photograph

Erin and Brian dancing by the pool in this reflective photograph

A photograph of their first dance at their wedding in San Rafael, CA in the bay area.

A photograph of their first dance at their wedding in San Rafael, CA in the bay area.

Everyone was having a great time at the reception

Everyone was having a great time at the reception

I wasn't the only photographer there. Here is the bride caught taking a self portrait with one of her friends.

I wasn’t the only photographer there. Here is the bride caught taking a self portrait with one of her friends.

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