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Michelle & Josh ~ December 4, 2010

I’ve been waiting quite awhile to share this story and these images! Needless to say, I’m very excited to start… My story with Michelle starts in August/September 2010. We had been discussing and planning their engagement session, with the possibility of wedding coverage down the road. Simultaneously, Michelle had applied for and was waiting to hear back from “My Fair Wedding” on the WE Network. Ironically, the day we had planned for her E-session at the beach was rainy so we decided to reschedule. Shortly thereafter Michelle got word from the network that her wedding was a go for 12/4/10… just several weeks away, wow!!! From there we switched gears and made whatever plans were possible.

From the moment I started getting to know Michelle, I could tell that these wedding images were EXTREMELY important to her, on multiple levels. I was very excited to capture this wedding for Michelle and really wanted to push myself to the limit for her. Given the format of “My Fair Wedding”, where all the details are pretty much a surprise for the Bride/Groom and guests… planning was a challenge!! I didn’t even know where I was shooting until maybe 2-3 days prior. Although challenging, it was definitely a fun change of pace for me.

The wedding took place at the Ventura campus of Brooks Institute of Photography which I was very excited about. The campus itself was pretty scenic, but it also had a basic “class room” portion too. This is where Michelle & Josh were being held… that’s right, “held” as in can’t leave! Ha ha. The restrictions of the day really forced me to be as creative with my situation and surroundings as possible. The details were amazing and the mini-car theme was flawlessly weaved into a beautifully planned out day.

Everything flowed smoothly, including a little blood… my blood. I’ve NEVER had anything quite like this happen. I had a window of maybe 15 minutes to work with the Bride & Groom, so I was definitely in “work mode.” I was shooting from a low angle, fell backwards and the back of my camera slammed against my forehead (see my outtake below). The funny thing was that I was shadowed, and somewhat concealed, so when I noticed the flowing blood I thought: “This is going to be embarrassing!” I stepped out and into the light to a bunch of “oohs & awes.” I still proceeded to shoot with a streaming flow of crimson until I saw the look on Michelle’s face, which wasn’t very bride-like.. although definitely very humorous 🙂

Ultimately,  I had a blast working with Michelle & Josh and the team at My Fair Wedding. My crew on the day consisted of good photog friends Asgeir Bollason & Kyle Ellis.

Thanks for stopping by!
Danny Baker

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