Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Bridal party snapshot July 3, 2014

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IT’S ONE OF THOSE SPLIT SECOND moments when you must decide as a photographer, do I or don’t I?

Usually I do.

Saturday afternoon after peeking inside the Contented Cow, an inviting restaurant tucked into an aged stone building along the Cannon River in historic downtown Northfield, I noticed a bridal party arriving for a riverside shoot.

I really wanted to race down the steps for some close-up shots and my husband even suggested I do so. But the photographer in me who has shot perhaps a half dozen weddings for family over the years hesitated. And rightly so. I remembered how difficult it is to have all those family members thronging around, wanting to take their own shots while I tried to hurry things along and get my work done.


Bridal party in Northfield


Nope, I wasn’t going to intrude on this professional photographer. So I shot two quick frames from near the top of the steps and called it good.

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20 Responses to “Bridal party snapshot”

  1. Dan Traun Says:

    Good move. Shooting weddings is challenging for all the reasons you’ve noted. The candid through-that-alley shot is great.

    • Thanks, Dan. I expected your would absolutely understand where I’m coming from with this post.

      I don’t shoot weddings anymore, although it might be a bit easier now with digital vs film.

      • Dan Traun Says:

        Not sure easier is the situation – different workflow and more post pro assessing options perhaps. Relatives still interfere πŸ™‚

      • You’re right, Dan. The family issues are still there with digital.

        I’ve only ever shot weddings for realtives and, as much as I love them, I don’t think they listen to a “family photographer” like they would someone outside of the family.

      • Dan Traun Says:

        We employ the family liaison approach to wrangle them into submission and round them up for various shots. People either forget or don’t understand what they are doing. Rogue flashes and eyes looking every direction cause much frustrations and delay; perhaps even ruined shots.

      • I like that approach. And you have your talented photographer wife to tag team with, so that’s good.

      • Dan Traun Says:

        For sure. Flying solo on a wedding is tough. We usually bring a third photographer when possible. You get almost a 360 view of the whole event that way. More candid shots as well; that is where it is at from our perspective. The posed family shots are ok too, but it is all the moments you freeze in time that sustain the memories through the years.

      • So true about the candid shots. That’s a new approach from the days when I shot weddings. Then it was all about posed. You’re really telling a story and documenting, journalistic style, the entire day and event.

        I will say, though, as the mother-of-the-bride last September, that those posed family shots are definitely treasured, too.

  2. treadlemusic Says:

    Ah, that shot allows each of us to imagine our own ‘by-line’….excellent!!!
    Interesting that “family” presents a consideration for the wedding photographer, also. I found that ‘input’ from family (usually mother/sisters) was extremely difficult and, at times, divisive/polarizing when decisions needed to be made (all this occurred during the time I had my bridal/formal wear sewing business). The simplest of choices become “super charged” with the addition of such input!!!!!! Now…..all history!!! LOL!!!

  3. Love the Capture – you captured the bridal party as well as the lamp and Contented Cow sign – love it πŸ™‚ Happy 4th – Enjoy & Be Safe!

  4. Beth Ann Says:

    Great shot and wise move to not intrude, in my humble opinion. I am sure it was a lovely moment you captured. πŸ™‚

  5. Jackie Says:

    Good decision…nice shot πŸ™‚

  6. We live around the corner from an historic house museum and park. There are often wedding parties there doing photo shoots. It has also become very popular for pre-prom pictures, too. It’s fun to see everyone in their finery.

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