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The Communion Spill
by Dan Kapsner, dankphoto@aol.com

Complete Article: The Communion Spill - Wedding Photography Follies.  One photographer's story of "on-the-fly" problem solving.

Sometimes weddings don’t go as you expect them to and you have to improvise.   At this particular wedding the bride and groom had elected not so see each other in their formal clothes before the ceremony, so we planned on doing “split formals,” with separate posed photos before the ceremony, and the photos of them together afterwards.

Things had worked pretty well so far and the ceremony had gone as planned, but it had been a stressful morning for the bride and she wanted to relax and visit with her guests before proceeding with the final posed photos.

An hour and a half went by before they felt ready to do their photos together.  Unfortunately, by this time the children at the reception had grown restless and were getting a little rowdy.

As we passed into the main room one of the kids flew into the communion table, knocking over a large cup of leftover purple grape juice that splashed down the front of the bride’s dress.  The bride jumped back in shock, the boy dove out of sight, and we immediately went to work blotting juice off the front of her dress, but the fabric had soaked through and there was a prominent stain just below the waist.

Naturally the bride was distressed by this unfortunate turn of events.  I reassured her that I thought I could get some good shots of them together, and that if need be we would work out a way to get some retouching done without breaking the bank.  (This was before the advent of digital photography--which makes retouching much easier; since they didn’t have a lot of money, extra expenses like retouching would be a real strain for them financially)

A calm tone of voice and relaxed manner restored her confidence, and we agreed to proceed.  We worked together in a collaborative spirit, and after twenty minutes of careful bouquet placements and some creative posing we were able to come up with a collection of lovely bride and groom portraits without the need for any retouching at all.  They loved their wedding photographs, and over the years they have made several referrals to me, for which, of course, I am grateful.

Dan Kapsner Photography, Olympia, WA  www.dankapsner.com/

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