Behind the Scenes as a Wedding Photographer

September 25, 2015

Happy Friday!

Ever wonder what it’s like behind the scenes at a wedding or engagement session with me? The majority of the time, I shoot alone, so there’s no one around to take photos of me making faces and doing whatever it takes to get a shot. But sometimes I have a second shooter, or I drag my husband along to carry coats and umbrellas on rainy days, and then I find these gems on my camera, or my second shooter’s camera, and I save them in a little folder to make me laugh.

Sometimes, like at Bethany & Peter’s Portland engagement session, a friend drops me off and I make her walk around a park and test the light with me before she runs away for a drink. My friends are pretty awesome, despite the exasperated look she’s giving me right here, she did drive me all over Portland so I didn’t need a rental car. 🙂

Behind the Scenes // Emily Wenzel Photography

Or my husband hangs out at the table where I wanted to take photos, so I can make sure the lighting is good, and that there’s not too much glare, like when we were in Ballard for Natalie & Sam’s engagement session.

Behind the Scenes // Emily Wenzel PhotographyBallard Engagement Session // Emily Wenzel Photography

Or, I get lucky enough to have a great friend like Katie along as my second shooter, who takes sneaky photos of me while I’m posing Joel & Dan during their wedding photos. I’m probably telling them to cuddle in closer here.

Behind the Scenes // Emily Wenzel PhotographySeattle Wedding Photographer // Emily Wenzel Photography

…and then we multi-task by having Katie check the lights while I’m on Instagram, sending out a sneaky behind the scenes shot of the wedding that I snapped earlier in the day. And we take silly selfies in the mirror.

Behind the Scenes // Emily Wenzel PhotographyBehind the Scenes at Within Sodo Seattle // Emily Wenzel Photography

Photos 4 & 5 by the incredibly kind and talented Kate Ford.



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