Click Away, no male model, and working under pressure

Picture this: It's day two of the Click Away conference in San Antonio, TX where I am one of the instructors/presenters. I am all set to stream with a crew of four camera men for my class on shooting couples, one of just 11 classes set to be filmed out of over 150 offered. My female model shows up on time and I get her dressed. Our male model is late, so we keep prepping and figure he's just a few minutes out. With 5 minutes to go until our start time, I'm informed that my male model is a no-show. We quickly run through our options- use just the female model alone? Pull a female attendee out of my group and ask her to pose with the female model? Try to scramble and find any available man? Shooting a subject alone was not an option and I wasn't keen on trying to pose two straight women...if we had a lesbian couple that would have been fine but sadly the female model was straight wink emoticon So, I ask them to find me a man. Keep in mind, this is a conference put on by Clickin Moms and the only males in attendance were the maybe 8-10 spouses that tagged along as well as any male vendors. The Clickin Mom's staff apparently tried to find fellow speaker Jesh de Rox...the infamous, amazing, professional educator and couple's posing extraordinaire Jesh de Rox. I certainly would have thrown up in the bushes if I had to pose Jesh.

With basically no time to spare, we get a call and are told that they found someone- Michael, AKA the Shoot Proof Guy. He's wearing his Shoot Proof t-shirt so they ask if I want him to change. I say yes, knowing that this poor guy will literally have to sprint up to his room and then back down to get to us in time. He shows up, looking completely perfect right as we are ready to begin (I mean, he is wearing a pocket square!) I barely have time to introduce myself, let alone prep him for what I'm about to have him do in front of a completely full class, streaming video, and with a girl he has never met. Without missing a beat, Michael rolls with every crazy thing I throw at him and looks amazing as he does it. I am so thankful for his willingness to help me out. What a crazy experience for all of us! And, a big huge thank you to all of the Clickin Moms staff who scrambled to find a solution to our problem and especially to Jodi Arego who was by my side with a smile on her face assuring me that it would all work out smile emoticon

If you want to see the class/video in it's entirety, it's included in a video bundle offered by Clickin Mom's and on sale for a limited time for $99. If I talk extra fast, laugh a little too much, or overall seem awkward in any way let's go ahead and blame it on not having a model 5 minutes before I was filmed. haha.

The perfectionist in me feels the need to tell you that because of the camera crew, we had to stay in one location for the session. Also, it was 1:30pm. Okay, enough of are some photos :) The first photo was taken by the awesome April Nienhuis.

Jennifer & Arthur's Wedding at Boundary Oak in Walnut Creek, CA

I know it's hard to keep up with all of our moves along the west coast over the past 5 years, but this was my first wedding since moving back to California and I couldn't be happier! It was so great being able to email Jennifer and tell her that I no longer needed her travel fee. We moved to Silicon Valley and her wedding took place in Walnut Creek, less than an hour away. I rarely get the luxury of being able to drive to weddings, so it was quite nice and much easier than I'm used to! Jennifer and Arthur got married on a beautiful summer day at the Boundary Oak Golf Club. When I was researching the venue I saw that there was a gorgeous, ancient oak tree. It did not disappoint. One of the things I missed the most about California were the oak trees, golden rolling hills, and clear blue skies. So, it was quite fitting that I got to utilize all of those things in Jennifer and Arthur's wedding photos. We had a great time driving around in golf carts, dancing, and being goofy. I love when my couples trust me completely and can really let loose which is just what they did.

I met Jennifer initially through her sister, Alice. Alice and I are on a photography forum together and have been Facebook friends for a couple of years. I always find it very flattering when another photographer hires me or recommends me to a loved one. It was great to see the two sisters on Jennifer's wedding day. Alice is not only a tech extraordinaire (she's an engineer at Google) and great photographer but she also crafted the hundreds (thousands?!) of paper flowers that were used in the bouquets, centerpieces, place cards, decorations, and backdrop. It was a labor of love, that's for sure :)

Being a wedding photographer is a career that I truly feel so lucky to have. I am thankful for the people I meet and the moments that I get to witness. Thank you Jennifer and Arthur for welcoming me into your inner circle on your wedding day. You are perfect for one another in every way!