This spring, I had the pleasure of photographing one of the most fun and inspiring, weddings I’ve photographed. Downtown Frederick, Maryland art icons Kayleigh Montgomery and Chris Morris were engaged to be married, and of all the amazing analog shooters in the area, I was fortunate enough to be tapped to cover their festive occasion.
If you’ve ever been to Cafe Nola on a weekend night, you’ve probably enjoyed listening to Chris fill the bar with his creative musical adventures with the band Heavy Lights, among others.
And Kayleigh is a graphic designer and film photographer. She co-founded Frederick’s own Mid Atlantic Analog Photographers group, to which, I of course, am a member. She adorns the best local galleries with her provocative large and medium format prints. And she is never caught wearing boring eyeglasses!
Kayleigh and Chris’s guest list was a who’s who of Frederick’s glitterati.
The beautiful Ashley Hoffman, montage artist and activist, graced us with her splendor.
Jennifer Finley, the force behind Frederick Artomatic and owner of the ArtistAngle Gallery, who, you know, also happens to be Kayleigh’s mom.
And this suave gentleman, Ryan Morris, is Chris’s band-mate, and I photographed him for my news-breaking blog about Ted Cruz several years back. Well, he was Kayleigh and Chris’s officiant!
I shot primarily on my Leica M6 TTL .85 and Nikon F2sb bodies, my two favorites. And also very distinctive looking cameras that fit right in at an artists’ wedding.
My usual Nikon macro was in use for another project so I also brought along my Olympus OM-1n and Zuiko 55mm 3.5 for the ring shots.
What’s fun about macro lenses is that you can use them as normal lenses too, so I also got this fun shot of Kayleigh’s dress and a matching Arctic-white Fender Strat, using the Olympus.
And everyone was getting ready…
Then, the ceremony!
Kayleigh definitely knew what she was doing when she chose this lovely location in Middletown. The ceremony took place in a nicely shaded, wooded area at a private home that kept guests cool and made for a beautiful setting. The out of focus backgrounds are gorgeous! Edge-light and leaf-light kept things visually interesting too.
Following Kayleigh and Chris’s very personal and emotional ceremony, we got the bridal party and close family out for some posed shots. Kayleigh’s own photography is less about technical perfection and more about emotional impact, so I wanted to do something special for her, within that scope. Knowing that on a few instances, I was able to get swirly bokeh out of my 1950’s Leitz Summitar lens, I decided to try it for these portraits. It’s a bit of a fine balance to make the swirl occur but I think we got it!
Next, of course was the reception. It was super laid back with great music, tasty food and delicious drinks. My favorite was a generous slice of veggie brick oven pizza with a Moscow Mule to wash it down.
Fuji Instax cake decor! I LOVE IT!
Nothin’ says Nikon like a some polygonal out of focus lights!
And nothing says Leica like some coma-free bokeh balls…
As the sun began to set, I started shooting Kodak TMAX P3200 at 6400 ISO. And the crowd sauntered towards the huge bonfire that was burning a few yards away. There, all the kids feasted happily on melted marshmallows.
Thanks for reading and happiest congratulations to Kayleigh and Chris! Can’t wait to see what awesome music and art you come up with next!
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