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…to bring you an important announcement: 

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Our son, Hale True, was born last week. He was a couple months early, but both mom and boy are in great shape. 

Why not go and have a look at the little blog we set up to share pictures?

 

Amy and I are utterly thrilled to be parents.

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One of the most common questions brides and grooms ask us is if we do portraits. Our main approach to photography is photojournalism. The vast majority of our pictures are not posed or staged in any way. However, the portrait session is an important part of the NonFiction Wedding day. Scott and I even think of it as part of the celebration. There is ritual to it—the families gathering together, generations arranging themselves, standing up tall and everyone is reeling from excitement, nerves and/or their first sips of champagne.

Kimberly and John squeeze their friend and officiant

Kimberly and John squeeze their friend and officiant.

 At the same time, the day is NOT about making pictures, the object of the day is to celebrate. This is why we make our portrait-taking part of the day as easy-going and well-paced as possible. The way we make portraits is pretty organic. We ask the brides and grooms beforehand what group pictures are important to them.  We let people arrange themselves— the way they feel most comfortable. We don’t pose, or move anyone’s chin here or there. We just make sure that each person is comfortable and ready — then we go ‘click’. It really works well. 

Kids don't have to smile if they don't feel like it. They are still super cute.

Portraits before or after the ceremony? Both times can work equally well with a little planning.

 

Peter with his siblings. They say this is the best picture they have ever had of the four of them together. Portraits are really important.

Peter with his siblings. They say this is the best picture they have ever had of the four of them together.

We don't very often tell brides and grooms to kiss. They just tend to do it and we go 'click'.

We don't very often tell brides and grooms to kiss. They just tend to do it and we go 'click'.

Scott took this one while Amanda and Ryan walked from the ceremony to the party.

Scott took this one while Amanda and Ryan walked from the ceremony to the party.

But wait, there is more. There is something in between candid pictures and formal portraits — candid portraits. Scott is great at these. Candid portraits are when the photographer/camera and the subject have a brief interaction. There is not necessarily any conversation about it. The picture just happens. Not planned, no “One, Two, Three”, but still the result can be called a portrait. I love these. 

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She wanted to dance so badly and finally did.

 

Mahnaz, the bride, watches the sunset

Mahnaz, the bride, watches the sunset.

Ellie waits for the limo driver under the viaduct

Ellie waits for the limo driver under the viaduct.

Amanda had hot dogs arrive at midnight. Perfect timing for a perfect snack at a perfect wedding. Yum!

Amanda had hot dogs arrive at midnight. Perfect timing for a perfect snack at a perfect wedding. Yum!

We didn't tell them to do this. They were just that adorable.

We didn't tell them to do this. They were just that adorable and the sky was that blue.

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