In the years that I’ve been photographing weddings it has been my privilege and honor to be the photographer at a number of military weddings. And they are a lot of fun to photograph because they are a part of what Austin Americana is: The American Spirit of Tradition.
Military weddings typically have lots of pomp and color, which adds a certain sort of mystique to the images captured on the big day. Military traditions such as the saber ceremony, cutting the cake with a military sword and more are exciting and fun. But hidden deeper amongst the fancy uniforms and display of tradition are strong beliefs like unity and commitment, which are frequently in short supply these days. Getting to know my brides and grooms has allowed me to be able to see the dedication that a soldier has, even on a day when he or she isn’t really required to be a soldier.
I suppose making these observations about U.S. military personnel didn’t occur to me until later in life, when I married my wife. I guess you could say that I chose to look at things from only one vantage point until I fell in love with a soldier. My wife completely changed my outlook of what it was like to be in the military and the experience that military families have when their loved ones are working. In fact, my wife is the one who inspired me to offer a military discount for active military service men and women who get married and need a photographer.
At any rate, I just wanted to share some fun and beautiful military wedding photographs that I’ve collected over the years. A number of these weddings occurred at places such as: Villa Antonia, Zilker Botanical Garden, Star Hill Ranch, Rural Central Texas and more. Enjoy!
In Mid-October I was given the opportunity to photograph something a little different from the typical weddings that I shoot: a political fundraiser and celebration. The event was held in downtown San Antonio at the historic Spanish Governor’s Palace. I don’t normally photograph celebrities or high-profile clients, but this event had a number of well known Texas faces.
The event location and timing was fantastic. Since I’m from Austin and don’t often get the opportunity to visit San Antonio I didn’t really know what to expect at the Spanish Governor’s Palace; but it was a treat photographing here. The event location is laid out like an historic mission corralled by plaster and stone walls which creates a open air garden/courtyard in the middle, where the event was held. The courtyard was filled with plants and full-sized trees and the ground was lined with brick paths leading around a water fountain.
Since the event was held in the evening, there was a beautiful, orange light that cascaded over the walls and through the trees onto the attendees and greenery inside the courtyard. The temperature lingered in the mid-seventies underneath the shade trees, along with a light breeze, making for a comfortable and enjoyable evening.
Although I enjoy lots of styles of photography including portraiture and landscape, I always cherish the freedom and creativity that is bestowed by photojournalism. And this political event allowed me to simply capture truly candid images of the crowd of politicos and supporters while walking amongst everyone. These quiet moments to one self, photographing people and things without being disturbed is both gratifying to me and an opportunity to truly tell a story from an artistic viewpoint.