Come what may

Come what may

As I was finishing up with the bat mitzvah ceremony from the morning, I was disappointed to see that it was still raining. Laura and Chris were getting married over at the Alaska Botanical Gardens and, rain or not, the ceremony was still going to be outside. I hoped that at least it would subside a bit. On m way over to the gardens and walking in, the rain seemed to have let down a little. Guests and family were still huddled under umbrellas and parked under display tents, set up to provide some shelter.

It was a challenging ceremony to photograph, with the core of the ceremony taking place underneath a tent. By the time it was over, though, the rain had ceased and the remaining overcast provided a perfect soft box for photographing portraits in the Herb Garden. Inspired by the architecture of the wood framing and the popping colors in the garden, I worked mostly on inspiration rather than planned poses. One of my favorites, posted here, shows Laura standing where I placed her, but with me capturing what started out to be a natural moment of her reaching for a flower. So much of photography is luck and inspiration, you simply have to be there at the right time with the right gear to make sure you can catch it.

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