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You kind of had to be at this one to believe it.

I will break it down simple:

talented, genuine as all get out, huge-hearted, beautiful IN LOVE couple

20 piece marching band (pretty sure it was that big)

sake during the ceremony

delicious vegan noodles from a chef with his own documentary crew

aerialistas — the best I have ever seen

belly dancer— amazing

green tea creme brulee

an intimate ceremony of over 300 that didn’t leave a dry eye in the house accompanied by raucous cheering

So fun.

So fun to photograph too!

Oh, did I mention hot dogs with the works at midnight?

Hit the spot for many.


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…to bring you an important announcement: 


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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There are a number of different approaches to photographing a wedding. Here in documentary world, we feel our mandate is to tell the event’s story, as it really is. Our goal is to find the thread of the story and set it gracefully within its context. Our job is not to direct that thread, or to manufacture the context. 

What that means on the ground is that we observe. Our goal is to disappear. There is a flow; we go with it. When a couple sees their photos, we want them to say, “Oh my gosh, you got that? You were there? We didn’t even see you!”


Kate changes in the copy room

Take the picture above: A bride getting her dress on in a cluttered copy room. Faced with this situation, a traditional wedding photographer is going to think, ‘how can I get her into a nicer setting for this?’ And that’s a great way to get nice pictures. But if you’re doing that, you’re not doing documentary.

Here, I’m thinking, ‘Statuesque bride, gorgeous, distinctive dress–elegance walking, really–and in this kind of  jumbled, fluorescent-lit copy room. What a lovely, interesting juxtaposition!’

I am proud of this picture. I’d like to think that this image–both the photograph and the memory of that moment–is better for our not having asked Kate to move somewhere ‘more beautiful’ to shuck her civilian duds.

The simplest way  to put the distinction between “documentary wedding photography” and “traditional wedding photography” is thus: No bossing around. Apart from providing a little guidance during the portraits, we don’t do any directing at all.

We’re not trying to make a wedding look the way we want it to look; we are instead striving to capture beautiful, authentic pictures of the way it actually is. 

And we humbly submit that that’s going to make the experience–and the pictures–both more pleasant and more beautiful.

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