We at Rf occasionally hear about photographers shooting other photographers' weddings (take, for instance, these backyard vows between two 30 Rising Stars, shot by another Rising Star). While it can be intimidating, photographers say, it can also be ideal when fellow photo-loving clients prioritize the photographer's needs knowing what's at stake. But we don't always hear about what happens when photographers shoot a relative's wedding. That's the story behind this one, shot by Joshua Kane—the bride is his cousin—and luckily, she totally prioritized her photographer cousin, too.
"She's loved my photos for a long time, so when she got engaged she basically asked what dates I'd be back in Australia for weddings, and she picked her date based on my availability," he says, "which is pretty much the ultimate compliment. I love what I do, but I especially love when I get to do it for people I love."
This meant, for Kane, that he was probably more "hands-on" in the planning stages than he normally would be; with the bride only having her two sisters and parents help her plan and whip their home into a venue, Kane stepped up and offered his input here and there in a way that would benefit his ability to take ideal photos, but also knowing (as someone who's been to a lot of weddings) that the couple and guests would have the best experience.
But it isn't quite a wedding without some good old-fashioned problem-solving. The Australian summer sun sets later than usual, which meant for Kane that golden hour would land right in the middle of the reception, when formalities take place and the couple hangs out with guests. "But in this instance, we gave the couple plenty of mingle time with family and friends immediately following the ceremony so that we could sneak out of the reception during the golden hour," Kane says. "It worked perfectly. The guests didn't feel left out and the couple got to share a quiet moment alone watching the sun set over the country side from the Mount Barker Summit in South Australia.
IN THE GEAR BAG
Cameras: Two Canon 5D Mark IIIs
Lenses: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art, Canon 50mm f/1.2 L