Sunday, February 28, 2010

What realllly happened...

The event of John & Maretta's Wedding..through the many eyes from a fly on the wall...

Ahh...yes. It was our very first official gig together as the Sar and Itney business partnership began. Were we confident? We appeared to be. Yes. But this blog is for you to know..the real story. What went on behind the scenes...what reallllly happened. (the extra "l"s in really is for dramatic emphasis, just so you know.)

Our story the night of the wedding rehersal.
With heads held high, cameras dangling on our necks, and tripod and flash equipment bags in hand we marched our fluffy butts into the building. Oh's and Ah's over the photographers being there put flutters in our stomaches and made our heart's skip a beat. We were just so ecstatic!!

"We got this" we kept telling each other and ourselves. We only had room for excitement, we weren't nervous....yet...

As we start pulling out the flashes and setting up the tripods, waiting for the rest of the bridal party to show up so they can practice their run down, attention comes our way. Questions are being asked. "How long have you done this for?" (professionally? umm...a week.) "How many weddings have you shot?" (together? this is our first one) "How many megapixels is your camera?" --this question, directed at me..caused me to blank out..with which i responded with many ums and ohs and finally the truth..."I have no many megapixels is my camera?" *crosses fingers* please know the answer. Please know the answer... Yours is 12, Britney. *yesssss*
It was after that question I realized I needed to hurry up and set the OTHER end, away from people.

The bride and groom were ready for their first walk down.

OK. "We got this" It was at this very moment. When I was looking through my camera set at the top of it's tripod looking at the first couple walking down when I realized. Oh. My. Gosh. We're shooting a wedding. We have ONE time to get this and get this right. This is the happiest day of their lives. If we mess up. We mess up their memories for thee. rest. of. their. lives.
(I'm a litte over dramatic. I already know this.)

As I'm taking my pictures, much to my dismay, I notice the pictures I am taking are not as crisp as I would like. Some are even blurry. And the lighting is not my favorite. I wanted to faint. Throw up. Scream. Run. But, I couldn't let them know I didn't know what I was doing. (relatively speaking) Sara, who is in the back of the building, capturing the grooms face and guests around. I smile at her (to show everyone I was confident) and was so relieved to see her smile back. "Good!" I thought to myself. At least ONE of us is getting picture perfect shots. I walk back to her. We both are smiling at each other. Wide. Big. Smiles. Very wide smiles. And this is how our conversation went:

ME- "You getting good shots" *said with big smile*
Sara- *nods head yes* Nope. I have no idea what I'm doing, Britney!
Me- *laughs* "Are you serious?"
Sara- *confidently smiles* "Oh yes. Very much so. Soo, please tell me you got good pictures."
Me- *points to camera, because for some reason this shows like we're having an intelligent conversation* "Nope. Mine are grainy and blurry."
Sara & Me- Laughs. ...continues laughing....heh heh..

Soo..we stand there for awhile. Nodding our heads yes. Never letting the smiles leave our faces. Telling Maretta & John we can't wait for tomorrow (which is true, by tomorrow, we'll actually know what we're doing) and quickly packing away our cameras so we won't be asked by ANYONE to show our pictures we just took. Our beautiful. Grainy. Green colored pictures.

Anyways. We figured it out. Stayed out till 10:30 trying to figure it out. Anddd then going home our seperate ways to stay up even later to figure more out. Went to bed in the early hours of the morning.

^Yupp, Sara, I couldn't have said it any better.^

So it's finally the day of the wedding. We had a life saving phone call from a dear friend who knows what he's doing and it put our minds at ease.

Of course, the morning started off a little rushed, I began running late, and had to speed going 80 down our road to get to Sara's. Yes. I HAD. to. It was very vital that we left on time!!
I get to Sara's, she jumps in my car. And we repeatedly tell ourselves.."We Got This" --which, has now become the official Saritney Photography motto. Because you know what? We do Got This. ;)

We jam out to Muse and laugh and rehash the whole night before. We giggle alot since that's the effect we have on each other and being slightly nervous didn't help the giggle fits.

It's a beautiful day. Rainy. Rainy. Rainy. We finally get to the place of the ceremony. Step out of our cars..right into puddles. We grab all our equipment. Thankfully, for this time, we had a lovely assistant..

Stephanie was such a life-saver..and we can't thank you enough for being such a big help Stephanie!! *THANK YOU* We send you our love and lots of big cheesy smiles.

She grabbed some of our equipment. the bag of flashes and other goodies, a tripod, and a reflector, she was probably carrying the old skool clipboard too.

Me and Sara are rushing to go in when all of a sudden, we hear "SPLASH" "OMPH" "ohh" we turn to find Stephanie half way in a puddle, her one leg soaked and the trim of her dress dripping. The loving people Sara & I are, we rush over..."is the equipment okay?!" it was. Thankfully. Oh yes. And Stephanie was okay too. We eventually asked. Apparently she was trying to avoid the puddle, and ending up slipping into the puddle. Did we say thank you yet Stephanie for being such an amazing person that day? (She made a McD lunch break for us and brought us back yummmmy cheeseburgers too!)
Did you know? By eating your lower lip completely off your face, you increase your chances of gettin' better pictures by up to 25%? (i was told to add a picture of me in...thanks sara...thanksss alottt...*sigh*)

SO. The day started off good..if you read our other blog, you know we had an absolute blast during the wedding and the reception! Best wishes to you both Maretta & John!

We ended the night by celebrating.

BEST place ever to go eat at! Sara asked for an opera singer to come over and sing for us..but unfortunately (this is sarcastic from my end I want you to know..) our waitress couldn't sing. (Oh durn.) BUT. She gave us EACH a chocolate cake to celebrate our first gig...on the house! We were thrilled. to. death.

See? (They give you crayons and you can write on the table! How awesome is that!)

Sara tried to give us some publicity. But no one will hire us..see if you can tell why by looking at this picture....

I may not have good grammer...but at least I can spell Sara! :D *hehehe*


Needless to say. We had alot of fun! I know this is a ridiculously long blog. It's more like a novel. about my life. I would say I promise they all won't be this long. But I can't make any guarantees.

This is just our first official "Behind the scenese" blog about our first official "Gig" and I'm officially ending this now.

"We Got This"

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Groomsmen, Bridesmaids, and Cameras, Oh my!

John & Maretta's Wedding

Sooo..Sara and I (me and Sara) were so excited and thrilled to death that we got to be apart of Maretta and John's special day! As a team together, it was our first wedding, so it will always be very memorable to both of us. And it was the perfect first wedding!

The Bride was beautiful and filled with those nervous and excited giggles while we took her *Getting Ready* shots.

The Groom had a smile both of us immediately fell in love with the instant we saw it Rehearsal day.
(This is the smile he had every time he saw Maretta, it was just for her and it was a manly way of course, John.)

The Bridal Party was completely down to earth and had such a good sense of humor! We were always laughing, our trigger happy selfs.

And what a reception! The dancing, the eating, the laughing! There was never a dull moment!
Me and Sara loved torturing their guests, deciding to capture their most attractive moments...

We love ya Tashia & Hester!! (sara posted these *snicker snicker*)

There was much to be entertained by! You could tell just by looking around, there was not one person who wasn't having fun.

Here are a few shots of Sara and I's? (Me and Sara's) favorite moments...

Maretta is an American Sign Language Translator, ASL is something that is very important in her life, and as a result, she signed John a song..he signed with her you can tell from the picture above. :)

Look at that look! Doesn't her laugh make you smile?

It was a sister show-down!

~*~Our Hero in Red~*~
She was our hero! The lady in red! She had a one on one dance off with John!
(We got to stand on chairs to get these pictures..personally, that was one of my favorite parts of the night...getting to stand on a chair watching everyone boogie it down!)

I know I sound like a broken record...but we absolutely had one of thee best times! Maretta & John we hope the rest of your life together is as much fun and more as it was on your wedding day!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Welcome to Our World

Ohh look What I can Do!

SO. Me and Sara (sorry, Sara and I...*rolls eyes* at Sara) have decided to join the world of blogging (personally, I don't understand where they got the term blog from? It sounds like something you do when you have a cold.) As (amateur) Photographers officially starting our own business together, we are having so much fun being included in your lives. So we thought it was only fair to give you that oh so wonderful privilege as well.

Just Imagine....

It's the day of your wedding. You've made only two major decisions for that day. The person you will spend the rest of your life with. And the people to capture the moment you decide to make it a lasting bond. (Sure, I guess there was more than just those decisions to make. Who to invite to the wedding. Trying to decide between your sister and your best friend to be your maid of honor. What to feed your hundreds of guests, if you even want to feed them. They can starve. It's not you're problem. But whatever. Those are minor details.....right?)
Where was I? Yes. So it's the day of your wedding. And here we come. Cameras in hand, flash equipment wrapped around our shoulders, tripods balancing on our heads, random shiny reflectors tucked between our knees. We reek of confidence. A faded redhead who laughs at everything because she doesn't know what else to do. And a blonde with a sweet smile that hides the fact that she's actually full of sass.
You think everything has gone smoothly for us that day. We woke up. Got ready. Got our equipment. And smooth sailing until we got to you. When the truth is? There was an adventure. There's always an adventure. And that's what our blog is for.
Want to know what's behind the scenes? Who had to race 90mph down a curvy road so they wouldn't be late? (uhh..Mom, if you're reading this, it was Sara. Not me. Kyle if you're reading this, it was Me, not Sara.) Who flirted with the old man to borrow his car for the *Perfect Shot*? Who used the adorable 19 month old baby as bait to soften the hearts of their victims? Not us. (of course) But those would be interesting stories wouldn't they? (evil laughs) (winks)

So let us...did the font just turn italic? It won't go back it normal? uh oh... why did it it normal now? There. No. AH! Is this right? It looks right. Okay. We can continue. So let us..I forgot my train of thought. Hmm.. Oh. Yes. So let us move on to the next blog! We'll try to keep you entertained while you read instead of putting you to sleep.

As our motto goes (I'll explain later)
"We Got This!"