Strike a pose

The photographer is arguably the most important wedding vendor because the pictures last forever and one is more likely to flip through a photo album than sit through a painfully long wedding video set to super cheesy music and PowerPoint transitions (more on that later).  But, despite the significance and potential implications of our decision, we spent about 0.03 seconds choosing a wedding photographer.

Laura Meyer of Laura Meyer Photography is not only a trusted and reputable professional photographer in the field, but I’ve also known her for six or more years.  She photographed my good friend’s wedding a few years ago, she’s set to do my best friend’s wedding in September, and she’s done so many beautiful photo shoots in between that I realized right away that there was no other choice for this important part of our wedding day (and our engagement photos) and that she is worth absolutely every penny.  Don’t believe me?  Check out her website:

Everything sounds picture-perfect, right?  (I couldn’t help myself; please excuse me.)  There’s only one problem:  I am the least photogenic person on the planet.  Hands down.  My hair is never in the right place, my face is always at least partially contorted, and my body manages to look 100% unnaturally posed approximately 100% of the time.  I’m not really sure where this issue originated; it suffices to say that I’ve been going through an awkward phase since infancy.

It doesn’t bother me that much, because generally I don’t pay people lots of money to take horrible pictures of me—they’re generous with both their time and ill-timed shots.

At a wedding, October 2011

Thank you, Jen, for catching me completely off-guard. It’s unfortunate that this is literally the best picture of me in existence.

It will, however, bother me if I can’t manage to take a decent picture on my wedding day, and I end up looking like this:


Source: and hopefully not my future wedding photo album

Laura is an amazing photographer, and I’ve made my fears known to her.  She promises that she won’t have a problem getting photos that I love, and I believe her.  Till then, I’ll just have to practice taking pictures like a normal human being.


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