Usually when we are asked to shoot a wedding, we have a pretty good idea what we are in for; bride getting ready, ceremony, reception cake cutting, first dance, etc. Not this time.
Not even close...
Michelle asked us if we would be interested in shooting a 'Rock and Roll Circus'? Interested? Yeah, you might say that.
Once we managed to get a handle on everything that they were planning, it sounded like it might be pretty much the coolest thing we've ever shot.
He's the lead guitarist in a local band with a cult following and she takes care of business behind the scenes. They got married in Vegas a few weeks before, so there would be no ceremony to shoot, but there would be a concert and fire dancers, a comedienne and a flame breathing bartender...
They had rented an area campground with an open air stage for the show. It sounded exciting. Hell, it sounded AWESOME!
But then, Murphy arrived and laid down his laws. The rain started. And it rained. And rained. And rained. When the rain stopped, the downpour started. For two days it poured. The two days that the events were scheduled for.
As we were shooting, we were wiping down equipment and lenses. Anyone who says that the Canon 40D isn't weather-resistant is wrong. We couldn't have gotten those two cameras wetter if they had taken a turn in our dishwasher.
The only upside to shooting portraits in weather like that, is I control the light. There was no sun to fight with or overpower. 2 speedlights and exceptional patience from the wedding party were all we required.
From there, it was time to shoot the party - and what a party it was. Shaun and Michelle's friends can never be accused of letting a little moisture spoil a weekend, and we had to run to try to keep up!
When everything was said and done, the weather presented a few challenges that everybody overcame, and the party was one for the ages...