2018 was an incredible year for all of us here at MJP. We had 50 wedding to celebrate and photograph, and loved every one of them. While snapping away and taking gorgeous photos of the beautiful bride and groom, sometimes we grab a few unintended photos. These photos are of the MJP team hard at work, and most of them are a little bit embarrassing. So let's take a look shall we?!
Let's start with everyones favorite: The veil shot.
Every bride wants a gorgeous veil blowing in the wind shot. What you might not know, is that rarely is it EVER the actual wind. 98% of the time it's some poor soul (usually me, Sara) throwing it and running away in a bandit like fashion.
A very similar approach is used for wedding dresses:
Speaking of dresses, over all, our job is a lot of dress adjusting. If you are wearing a wedding dress, we will adjust it or carry it somehow. We'll hold it for you while you walk, we'll help with the bustle, we'll fluff it out for a shot of the train. But at some point we will adjust it for you.
Then there's all the effort that goes into setting up the perfect shot.
Sometimes it's as easy and hanging up a dress, rearranging some flowers, or laying out your invites.
other times, it's falling on your butt, or hurdling fences, or holding back branches with one arm, and holding a dog leash in the other.
And sometimes it means looking really bossy. (It's just another word for efficient.)
Don't even get me started on actually taking the photo. Whatever it takes.
(we also love to do boomerangs for our couples.)
But we do more than just fall off things for you.
We do a lot of things that were not in the job description when I applied.
Luckily, my training at a bridal shop prepared me for lacing ALL the corset dresses.
We've made daisy chains for puppers, fixed eyelashes, and pinned lots and lots and lots of boutonnieres. We wear many hats.
We've even signed wedding licenses as witnesses for two elopements this year! Which is pretty awesome!
Unfortunately, sometimes our poor family gets dragged along and forced to work.
Moms, husbands, cousins, no one is safe.
Sometimes we party.
Sometimes we let others touch the camera... But only SOMETIMES.
We have be known to join your bridal party:
(That's me, far left)
Sometimes there are really cute photos of us too.
But mostly not.
Almost 80% of the photos you'll ever see of us, are us testing the shot, and finding a stand in. We love looking back and seeing how many times we end up looking ridiculous as heck but in a stylish and kind of cute way.
But at the end of the day, it doesn't matter how many embarrassing photos we end up in, or how many tights we've ruined, or even how many bridesmaids we've called the wrong name (We try, guys, really we do!)
We love our jobs and the quirks that come with it. The friends we've made, the couples we've met, and the stories we get to be a part of!
So thank you for allowing us here at MJP to be a part of your lives in such a big way! We have loved getting to know every single one of you and have loved documenting your day.