A Wedding Photographer I am Not

filed under: Miscellaneous on May 26, 2009

If you have ever photographed a wedding, you have recently been elevated to 'HIGH respect' status, and I apologize it took me so long to put you there.

You have done some tough work. 

You deserve every cent of that $1500 I scoffed at paying for you for the thousand plus pictures you took at my wedding.  I should have paid you more.  Sorry bout that. 

So, I apologize, but I literally got NO good pictures of the rehearsal or wedding.  I could not figure out my blurry camera, my aperture, my depth of field, (is that the same thing?) and my exposure.

However, we went outside and it was like all my problems vanished and I got pictures of my most favorite subjects on the planet. 



Precious little pixie praying.


Nice little cousins

lined up in rows

one sticks out a tongue

one scrunches a nose

squirming all the while

If lucky!…

We capture their smiles


Sweet Maren…. pronounced kinda like daring (without the g)  Isn't that a great name?  And how cute is that perfect little pout?  I was hooked the moment I saw her.


Who could resist a smile like that.  I can't wait to put his senior picture right next to this one in 14 years.  Yikes.  In 14 years I am gonna be really old.


This is the newlyweds… just 2 days into it. 

We had a great time Samantha and Jason, thanks for letting us be a part of it!

This is the cake I made for yesterdays (Memorial Day) get together.  My MIL, also the grooms mother, had all of our new extended family out to their house.  I made cupcakes for Samantha, in yellow as that is her favorite color, and they did not turn out.  I had to come up with something fast, so I remembered seeing this cake just days before.

I actually forgot to take pictures, so please forgive the poor quality of these.


The cake is six layers, roughly 10 inches high.  I wrote 'Congrats' on top and then 'sam & jason' around the bottom three times.  It looked pretty clean and crisp at home.  But.  Then.  It.  Melted. 

 It must have been to warm in our car.  The sides came sliding down.  The top cracked.


(Again, please forgive the terrible picture) But then Samantha cut into it and everyone didn't care!!  I had called it the 'Happy' cake all morning and didn't explain why… so when she cut into it, there was a big surprise as the rainbow was revealed! (green, blue, and purple were in there, I promise!)  I have to say a BIG thank you to Meg for the idea.  You saved the day!

I would highly recommend making one for yourself.  To see the delight on peoples faces as they see the wonderful surprise inside is just priceless.  Just make sure you keep the secret!!  Its TOTALLY worth it.

Have a blessed day!

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  • Bethany says:

    Great! Now we have another summer project. This looks SO fun.

  • he & me +3 says:

    I know…I cannot do well taking pictures inside either. I am so dumb when it comes to fstop and aperture and all that fancy stuff. My brain does not wrap around that.
    Cute pictures of the kids though.
    That cake looked delish! Great job!

  • Laura says:

    A 10 inch high cake??? My heart says yes, my thighs says NO! 🙂 How cool though, love the rainbow thing! Love all the cousins, they are so cute. It’s so much fun having friends and family with kids close in age, I love watching little kids play together!

  • Kim says:

    Hey Amanda,
    My husband used to take wedding photos for FREE and they were always always the best. When we got married we had his friend who has the SAME camera take pictures and I maybe got 5 good pictures.*sigh* It’s not like I could get married again just to get pictures but I sure felt like doing a rewind and doing it! LOL.
    Oh and I Vlogged about my Awesomest Funniest Blog Award. I can’t believe you missed it! Go check it out. I think I did it on Saturday. http://homesteadersheart.blogspot.com/2009/05/oh-yeah-i-vlogged-about-it.html
    Blessings my friend.

  • BP says:

    Good job on the pictures and cake!! It looks fun, how fun to cut it and get that rainbow surprise.

  • Dea says:

    Awesome looking cake! I really will have to do that, it looks fun plus its cake of course! Ive shot two weddings and your deff right! They are hard, exspecially when its in a park shelter with yellow lights…ugh! lol.

  • Angela Nazworth says:

    sweet sweet pictures

  • Dea says:

    Thank you for the compliment! Sometimes i wonder if i am 18 as well, i think i am pretty mature for my age, lol. I think you are wonderful at photography and I love your photos! Thanks again for the comliment on my photography, I love hearing that others like my photos!

  • Alicia Minyard says:

    Oh my gosh, that cake looks soooo good!!!!

  • tracie says:

    What an adorable group of kids!! You can’t go wrong when you have all that cuteness to work with : )
    The new couple looks happy…congrats to them!!

  • Amanda Jo says:

    I saw that cake on there too! I think I’ll make it for Father’s Day. David would LOVE it! Those kiddos are precious by the way!

  • Michelle G says:

    Weddings are HARD! I’ve only done one and I was very lucky some of the pictures came out!