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What gives me the right to come in here and take over Chelsea’s blog today? Well, I am her husband for starters. Also, I am her second shooter/assistant/lighting specialist/pack mule/studmuffin/free labor. Yes, I wear many hats on the wedding day (no hats really, though a fedora would be sweet).

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Hi there! Sorry to disappoint, but this isn’t Chelsea Patricia. My name is Brock and I will be your blogjacker today. What gives me the right to come in here and take over Chelsea’s blog today? Well, I am her husband for starters. Also, I am her second shooter/assistant/lighting specialist/pack mule/studmuffin/free labor. Yes, I wear many hats on the wedding day (no hats really, though a fedora would be sweet).

Today, I basically wanted a chance to introduce myself to everyone and talk a little about my experience working with Chelsea. I have been working with Chelsea since before we even started dating and she has taught me so much. From photography to lighting to business operations and especially client interaction, Chelsea excels across the board and has been a great teacher.

As a second shooter at a wedding, my main job is to assist Chelsea in any way she needs. Beyond that, I capture secondary pictures as Chelsea photographs the primary images. Chelsea is good enough to get all of the most imporant stuff herself, but she cannot be everywhere at once and see everything at the same time. That’s where I come in! I am able to fill in the gaps and capture moments that may occur at the same time as, say, the bride getting ready. Or I will capture the same moment but simply from another perspective:

This image is a great example. As Chelsea was taking photos of Jackie with her bridesmaids, I noticed one of the flowergirls looking on. She couldn’t take her eyes off of Jackie all day! So while Chelsea was getting her shot, I grabbed the one below.

Cute, huh?

Here are a few more of my favorite images I took in 2011:

During this First Look, my job was to capture DJ’s face. He’s not shy about showing how he feels and that led to this telling reaction when he first saw Kelly in her wedding dress:

While Chelsea is capturing the bride getting ready, I often go with the groom as he gets ready and get some solo shots of him. This shot I set up with Alex was one of my favorite all year. He had to squeeze behind some tight, dusty pews but the mood created by the lighting produced a nice shot. Thanks for being a good sport, Alex!

This shot below was not posed. Hong waits for Matt to arrive so they can begin the traditional games leading into the tea ceremony.

Traveling to Old Alexandria, VA to shoot Tracey and Dan’s wedding was a blast! Dan was such a card the whole time (he kind of reminded me of Captain Hammer). Here he is not goofing off, but really fighting the wind. The weather was starting to get BAD. A few hours later and that street was completely flooded!

So anyway, thanks for taking the time to read (and see) things from my point of view! I really enjoy working with Chelsea and meeting the wonderful people we get to shoot. Now I’ll give the blog back to my beautiful, talented, intelligent, funny, and charming wife…(How’s that, Honey?)

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Comments: 4
  1. Rona
    Jan 28-2012, 5:53 PM

    Great job Brock! I always like seeing the grooms reactions, sometimes it is the highlight of the whole day! 🙂

  2. Hong Lao Murray
    Jan 29-2012, 1:07 AM

    Great job!! Thanks for capturing these priceless memories!

  3. Karen
    Jan 30-2012, 6:01 PM

    This is very sweet Brock and you did a great job with the blog! And the photos are amazing! Ofcourse I adore the ones you took of me, I honestly wasn’t aware you were there during that shot. So it wasn’t posed, all natural 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoy doing it just as much as Chelsea! Love y’all!

  4. Feb 06-2012, 11:00 PM

    Great shots! Glad to see you getting credit!