The Wedding Day is NOT…

May 17, 2011 at 8:35 pm (Life Styel Photography, Uncategorized, Weddings)

When my wife the photographer, first shows up at your  wedding (usually 2-3 hours before the “I Do’s) she is looking for the BRIDE to make sure all is well  and if we can do anything to help things. The first time my wife “radios” to me, it’s usually to assist the BRIDE with some task that needs to get done. When Rebecca is ready to begin the pre-wedding photos, it is the BRIDE my wife wants me to help guide to that perfect place to capture her radiance. And when the ceremony begins…where is the “man behind the women behind the camera”… I am most likely with the BRIDE telling her some humorous story or some procedural detail that will be forgotten as soon as that special music begins. Not that I mind any of this…in fact I, “the man behind the women behind the camera”, have a lot of fun and  enjoyment going that extra mile or two to make the day shine for all involved… But honestly…. the Bride… the BRide… the BRIDE!!!

Well this past Saturday, May 8th …  The wedding day was not about the BRIDE!!! Well it wasn’t only about the BRide…  Well okay, there was this one moment, while Rebecca, “the woman behind the camera” was creating  just the right pose and transitioning on to the next “just the right pose” the groom… yes the other half of this matrimonial duo… stopped and wanted a picture with the bride… no i don’t think so…but wanted a picture with none other than the photographic assistant… the humorist of the day… the… yes one more time , a picture with the “man behind the women behind the camera”.

So I take this blog space to say thank you to Dave and Morgan…but mostly Dave…for taking this quiet, soft-spoken photography assistant out from behind the scenes and allowing him to feel celeberty-like… just like all those BRIDES!!!! 

I love my job!

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It’s like riding a bike…isn’t it?

October 1, 2010 at 9:37 am (Life Styel Photography, Weddings)

“All the wedding stuff seems  so complcated…what to do , when to do it…how to make the wedding party, the guests and the new in-laws happy, while making the day fun and stress-free… doesn’t it get old ?” 

This was a comment/statement directed to us recently by a couple who came by with their 12 month old for a family session and reminisced about their wedding five years ago.  How the images were great… how the help with the planning was invaluable… and yes… how it seemed Barry was everywhere… why do you still do it week after week for the last fifteen plus years?

   The Man Behind the Woman Behind the Camera had a one phrase answer… “its fun… we still have fun”

The people are different, the venue is different, the theme is different, the mood can be different but all in all it is a happy day that we , Rebecca and I (the man behind the woman behind the camera) enjoy being a part of.  To set the record straight, Rebecca does all the scheduling, communication, contacts and puts out the fires leading to the great day… then i show up on wedding day with the intent of having fun and letting the bride and groom have fun… and it happens effortlessly.

So, it’s not every day that we get to include bicycle riding in a wedding photo session but when the opportunity presented itself, we ran with it and captured the bride and grooms’ personalities while having fun on their great day.

Oh yea… when the bride finished riding her Pink Sand Cruiser, I saw an opening to have some fun with the groom.  I hopped on and even though I had not rode on a pedal powered bike in years, it was fun and allowed the bride and groom to laugh.

So wedding day is like ridding a bike; a bike… is a bike… is a bike…. but as long as your laughing the ride is still fun!

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Fun at a Wedding?

January 27, 2010 at 11:52 pm (Weddings)

It has always been my wife, Rebecca’s  job … to focus … to ensure that the bride and groom’s (our clients) day is well organized, their timeline for the day makes sense and everyone is well informed and communicated to prevent any unwanted surprises. 

So, a new client or unaware mother-in-law may wonder what the need would be for “the Man behind the Woman behind the Camera” might be? I  agree, off-the-record of course, that I don’t contribute much to the final timing of the events (that’s between Rebecca, the bride & groom and the other vendors) or the inclusion or exclusion of festivities or even the list of images that must be captured for the special day.  What I, “the Man Behind the Woman Behind the Camera”,  hopes to bring to every wedding I attend is a sense of normalcy and trust from the bride and groom that we, Ford Family Photography, are watching and steering their day in the direction that allows them to enjoy the day…effortlessly. From the beginning of the interactions that we have with the parents when we arrive up to two hours before the ceremony to late into the reception when we leave our job, is to let everyone know it’s all going to be great and WE ALL WILL HAVE FUN. By the end of the day I have shared time with the venue coordinator, the parents, the wedding party, the officiate, the videographer, the caterer,  the DJ/band, the guests, those giving toasts, the grandmas and of course, extensively, the bride and groom.  

So, forgive me, “the Man Behind the Woman Behind the Camera” if occasionally an image is captured of a laughing moment or a guffaw being shared with a fellow vendor like Joe here at Sj’s Disc Jockey and think of it as a reflection of another wedding that has been enjoyable, well done and yes, FUN!

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A Little “Family” Secret

September 20, 2009 at 6:55 pm (Weddings)

The growing excitement of the reception is heightened and the ladies are anticipating an invitation to the dance floor.   The DJ opens the mic to announce that he needs all of the single girls to participate in a wonderful tradition, the tossing of the bridal bouquet.  The women gather on the dance floor, the DJ’s music builds and the bride…the bride…WAIT…why is the bride whispering to this well dressed coordinator guy that works with the wedding photographer?  Where did he come from?

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You, as a guest or family member, may have seen him throughout the day.   He’s helped organize the pre-wedding pictures (all awhile treating the bride like a princess) and he’s been seen hanging around the groom and his guys, laughing and keeping them on task.   Then, as the wedding ceremony began, you see him again holding the bride’s gown & train while she and her dad make their way to the  beginning of the aisle runner with her groom anxiously waiting at the other end.  

But why is that  “Man Behind the Woman Behind the Lens”  talking to the bride NOW at the reception?   The ladies begin organizing a ruckus crowd and start making demands…less talking and more action.  This clamorous crowd commences chanting “throw the bouquet…throw the bouquet.”  So, finally he wraps up his secret agent agenda and Rebecca, the photographer signals the DJ and the countdown begins…321  and…

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what happened?  The girls are astounded and a gasped at what has taken place.  Was it a mistake or something premeditated by the well dressed “Man Behind the Woman Behind the Lens?”

Well, all of our brides know what is said during the dance floor meeting.  But, as for the rest of you…it wouldn’t be a “family” secret from Ford Family Photography if anybody was able to just pull it up on a plain ol’ blog and read about it.  Would it?

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A {FAN} of the Bride

August 26, 2009 at 11:29 pm (Weddings)

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Well, Hello Again…   It’s time for what seems to be our monthly Blog  from the “Man behind the Woman behind the lens”.

Today, we exhibit an artful display of  customer service to our Bride and her three honored ladies by using a personal fan to keep her cool while telling jokes and entertaining the crowd of wedding party and onlookers alike at the Monte Verde Inn.   Past brides will recognize the orange  “Wedding Timeline”  in my back pocket.  This is a sort of script for the day that reminds me of  relative’s names and relationships, picture requests, scheduled activities and, of course, the general timeline from arrival thru the reception events.  This information has been gathered from the consultation we have with the Bride and Groom at least a month or so  (somtimes even at the engagement session) before the wedding.

So, now you know…  the “Man behind the Woman behind the lens”  isn’t just a funny, cunning, dapper, and resourceful coordinator, but also an organized and determined individual  focused on the task of having you enjoy your special day.  Let us worry about the details.

Ford  Family Photography will do more than just show up and take a couple of special “snapshots”  for your wedding album. We,  photographer and coordinator, look  forward to making your day unique on many levels along with many cherrished images for all to share.

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My Man Card

July 27, 2009 at 5:32 am (Weddings)

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Hyatt Regency in Sacramento with Jennifer and John

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Gold Hill Winery with Lawrence and Kate

Here we are, ready for another issue from ‘The Man behind the Woman, behind the Camera”.   Today we capture the male assistant species in his  natural habitat.  Well, someone has to hold all the expensive purses while the extended family pictures are in progress.  An onlooker estimates several hundred…eh, thousand dollars of purses from Prada, Gucci and Coach (oh, and grandma’s from  Target).  But, as a quality service provider would do , I stood by patiently while the guys from the wedding party threatened to revoke my “Man-Card”. 

Honestly, this is one of the many tasks that I, “the Man behind the Woman behind the Camera”  find myself doing that usually surprises our brides and grooms and what our potential clients can’t even grasp is possible on wedding day.

So I challenge, or requst, that all of our existing and past customers could  chime in with a couple examples of the “Man” assistant or the lady photographer exceeding your expectations on your fabulous wedding day and help all of our future brides and grooms understand that Ford Family Photography is more than just awsome images and a great day, it’s also about the service you will never forget.

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