As I was going through the pics for this wedding, I was having WAY too difficult of a time trying to select just one that could make this list. There were just far too many shots that I was diggin' far too much. That's the same way it was while I was editing these. The Underwoods just had so many great moments from that day that it was problematic trying to discern which was a favorite. So I had to go with a composite instead to try to sum up the overall experience. Or at least part of it. But I'm getting a little ahead of myself. Let me backtrack a bit and give more background regarding how this even came to be and how everything panned out.
I had been talking to a friend on The Book trying to get her to do family pics for a while. Something always came up so the time was never right. However, she did have a friend who was looking for a wedding photographer. I've actually heard that a lot though. Rarely do the people ever come through. Either they want that Armani photography at a Wal-Mart price or they never contact me at all. That certainly wasn't the case with the Underwoods.
The bride Jasmine was my contact throughout the entire process. I was a little leary about that at first. I knew that was going to put a lot of pressure on her as the bride trying to coordinate wedding events AND worrying about her big day. Therefore, I took it upon myself to take as much off her as possible. If I ever had any inquiries about what she was looking for in her theme and the photos, I went through her best friend and maid of honor Nena. I would like to think it helped in some small part. I certainly didn't want to add any unneeded stress to the bride. That wouldn't show up very well in the photos.
Going into this wedding, I felt I had a bit of a chip on my shoulder regarding wedding photography. Pretty much for the reasons I mentioned above. I had been getting rejected left and right. I felt compelled to do everything possible to prove how great I can be with weddings when given the chance. Therefore, I poured everything I could into making these pics come out nothing short than spectacular. I had a second shooter assisting (thanks to my former ISU classmate Brenda) and was all over that event. I have never been so exhausted. And it felt dang good.
I also made sure to go above and beyond during the editing process. It was more than just cleaning up imperfections in shots here and there. I also did several different composites for the couple. Definitely more than they expected. I couldn't help it though. The more I started working on the pics, the more ideas just kept coming to me.
There were a couple things that made this wedding such a huge success for me. The first being that both Jasmine and Jared were very photogenic but as a couple and individually. To take it a step further, so was their wedding party. Makes for much easier photos when that is the case. The second and most important was the fact that both of them were very cordial people. There was no Bridezilla action happening from anyone. It may have spoiled me into thinking that all wedding shoots will go that smoothly. That is if I can get more scheduled. Until it does happen, I have no problem reveling in the awesomeness that the Underwood wedding produced.