Christie & Joe Stepan’s Wedding
Everyone knows me as a sports photographer, photographing the San Francisco Giants to covering the Olympics. But, it’s always nice to mix in non-sporting events to keep my creativity flowing.
My middle school P.E. teacher’s wife, Cindy Ginanni, owns a family dance company in Palo Alto, named Dance Connection. For the last 7 years, I would photograph 3-4 different performances (each performance would have 3-5 different show times in a weekend) throughout the school year, ranging from the annual Nutcracker to the end-of-the-year performance.
When Cindy and her husband Mark Ginanni asked me to photograph two of their children’s weddings (Christie in October 2010 and Joe Ginanni is today!), I knew it was going to be fun because how can a reception not be fun when a dance company owner is involved! And not to jump ahead but, here’s a teaser from the dancing to show proof!
We first started out the day at the bride Christie Ginanni’s house doing family photos of her side and her getting all pampered up.
I left early, leaving my second photographer with the bride and went to the wedding location to photograph the groom Joe Stepan and his family.
The wedding ceremony was beautiful and special with that the groom’s father was ordained as the officiant. So, the ceremony photos became more personal.
After the ceremony, we took the traditional family photos with the newly weds.
While I was busy clicking away, I left my second photographer to scope out the wedding location for photo ideas to photograph just the couple. He found a beautiful spot hidden in the forest of trees.
Before the wedding, my top sales pitch when wanting to hire me is that they are hiring two professional photographers than a photographer+assistant. Even though the cost is a little higher, there is a comfort to the couple that when one photographer is alone they know the job will be done properly with beautiful photos.
1) When I left my second photographer at the bride’s house while I met the groom before the wedding, there were beautiful images created at both scenes.
2) During the ceremony, I photographed the procession of couple’s parents, bridesmaids, and groomsmen while my second photographer stayed behind-the-scenes with the bride and her father.
3) Shortening the photo sessions after the ceremony. Photographer #1: photographs the traditional family photos. Photographer #2: searches for photo ideas to photograph the couple, both photographers have a good eye for looking for photo ideas.
When I hire a second photographer, I look for someone who is a photojournalist or a wedding photographer.
CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTIE & JOE!!!
Here are some extra photos:
Here’s the link to all photos available to purchase:
Here’s a short video: