first cousin, second shooter

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of being the “second shooter” for my cousin’s wedding. (I’m waaaay too chicken to be the main photographer on the most important day of a person’s life. But shooting the fun stuff? Sign me up!)

So, as the main photographer did her thing, I tooted around doing mine. I rented a nice camera body (Canon Rebel t4i) and a couple of gorgeous pieces of glass (Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS & 35mm f/1.4L) and played and played.

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The reception was in a cool, old airplane hangar in an airfield. The Bride had a killer vision for what started as a big, empty, cement space. And she had things so well-planned that they (her army of loving helpers) knocked out the entire execution in the course of about 24 hours.

For their guest book, they asked guests to sign Jenga pieces – something that won’t just sit and collect dust over the years! {I overhead one bridesmaid ask the other: “after you get married, are you just done on Pinterest??”}

This is my Grandpa. He was born and raised in Belgium until he was 18. He’s all kinds of wonderful & nutsy! I love him.

Speaking of wonderful & nutsy… these two.

and this one.

This is my cousin Luke. My youngest cousin, who happens to be the same age as my children.

And of course, my lovely Mama. Just because she’s great.
I have about 1,000 more images left for editing and sending to the bride. But these are some of my faves that I just HAD to share. Hope y’all are doing well. Hard to believe we’re already halfway through July!


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7 Responses

  1. Marcella Vander Eems 16 July 2012 at 12:53 pm

    looks like a beautiful wedding.
    i love the church…
    the bridesmaids dresses look like so much fun.
    I love weddings!!!

  2. Nicole 16 July 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Love these! Is there a company you could recommend for renting a camera/lenses? I am looking to purchase a new camera and possibly a lens or two but want to get a feel for them first!

    • Raechel Myers 16 July 2012 at 3:53 pm

      I used this time and also in the Fall. Both times I have been beyond happy with my experience – their website is super easy to navigate, my rentals always arrive on time (one time they arrived two days early & I got bonus days for FREE!), and everything has been in great shape. Their prices are competitive too. (they’re not paying me to say any of this) :)

      That was one of the reasons I rented to body too – looking to upgrade and reeeally liked the t4i (yeah, there are better ones, but for my price range, I was happy!)

  3. Chantelle 16 July 2012 at 2:41 pm

    so beautiful!! I wish I got married in the era of pinterest… haha! 10 years ago there was a lack of creativity. I could have really used that. You take amazing pictures by the way. Such a talent. If I were you I would not hesitate to be the main photographer :)

    • Raechel Myers 16 July 2012 at 3:54 pm

      I know, right? I wish I’d gotten married in the era of interesting wedding photography too… I was just on the cusp of the digital age (9 years ago), so everything I have is on film. I love my wedding photos, but now everything’s so artsy and Pinterest-y! alas.

  4. mandie 19 July 2012 at 9:55 am

    Your photos are just lovely Raechel! I wish I’d hired a second shooter for my wedding, but you know, I don’t think I even knew they were a ‘thing’ then. :)

  5. Sara 25 July 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I have a T4i! I just got it a few weeks ago. Actually Best Buy lost my T2i when I sent it in for repairs, sad I know. But I do love the T4i. And my 50mm lens :) What did you use for a flash? I’m looking into getting an external.


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