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  • Kendall Rock

     

    Hello all and all hello, my name is Kendall Rock, hailing from Poulsbo/Seattle, Washington. I studied filmmaking in college but caught the wedding bug after photographing my aunt's wedding a few years ago, and am now hooked. I like to think that growing up in the green, blue, and misty gray of the Pacific Northwest crafted my aesthetic - perhaps you'll be able to see what I mean. I'm excited to share with you one of my favorite weddings of all time: my darling friends, Harry and Jaclyn, married in Albany, Oregon, August 2015.

     

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    Some of my favorite, most intimate moments happen in the earliest stages of the day. While the day is centered around the bride and groom, there is so much love between the wedding party. Some of my favorite moments and frames are from the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids.

    It set the tone for the whole day; everyone was crying, there was just so much love.

     

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    I’m a big fan of natural frames. It could be a window or other elements of a building, but I also love using other people as frames.

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    This wedding got really tricky really fast because I was CRYING as Jaclyn walked down the aisle. As soon as Harry saw her, he started crying, and suddenly the whole wedding was crying, and my camera was shaking. I thought, “boy, I hope my second shooter is getting this, I’m shaking so hard I’m going to mess up!” but when I looked over at Veronica, my second shooter, she was sobbing and struggling to hold up her camera as well. It was a mess. It was so awesome. 

     

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    I try to be sneaky. I’m always looking for the moments in the day when people forget or don’t know that I am there. I snapped this photo as Harry and Jaclyn were waiting for me, right after they had exited the ceremony. They didn’t hear me coming, and I snagged this shot; their pure excitement about what they just did together is so priceless, there’s no way I would have been able to show that in a posed photo.

     

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    I usually expect exhaustion after the ceremony, since I've been on my feet for hours and hours, but there was such electric energy going into the reception from all of Harry and Jaclyn's friends and family that the day only got better.

     

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    Here’s a good trick - to photograph the dance, find the tallest person you have and get on their shoulders. I sat on my friend Amos’ shoulders to get this shot - he's 6'5" - while he kept dancing. I suggest a helmet for safety.   

     

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    There is nothing more beautiful than watching people celebrate people they love.

    It was a joy and an honor to be a part of Harry and Jaclyn's day!

     

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    COMPANY: Kendall Rock Photography

    WEBSITE: http://www.kendall-rock.com/photography/

    SOCIAL: Facebook

     
  • Ryan Hender Films | Wedding Photographer & Videographer

     

    When I think back to high school, it seems like it wasn’t long ago. Last night, I was in the car on the way home from my in-law’s house after a night out with my wife. My kids spent a little time with Pop-Pop and Grandma, two of their favorite people in the world.

    The kids were rambling on in the back seat amongst themselves when a familiar song came on the radio. I reached for the volume knob and cranked it as high as I could comfortably have it without hurting the kids’ ears. “Can you please turn the music down” came a plea from the back seat. “Daddy thinks he’s still in high school” my wife replied. I giggled, and thought about turning down the song, but remembered why I turned it on in the first place. I love who I am. I love that I am inspired by music, and things that happen around me. Stories are told through music, and through people’s eyes. Music is what makes me who I am. utah-wedding-videography-and-photography-ryan-hender-films-wedding-photos-candice-tanner-2

    I picked up my first camera when I was just 15 years old. For some of you, that maybe wasn’t long ago. My wife often reminds me that the person that I am today, and the person that I was when I was 15 is closer than I realize. I learned the art of photography under the red light of a dark-room, and to this day that experience still consumes me.

    I love being a fly on the wall, and capturing things in the moment. When I am hired to capture a wedding, there are what I call scripted moments, and unscripted moments. Gathering the family together for formal portraiture is of course expected, but where I really thrive is in the unscripted moments.

    I shot a wedding for Chantel andTanner recently and this wedding will stick with me for a lifetime. utah-wedding-videography-and-photography-ryan-hender-films-wedding-photos-candice-tanner-128Things unfolded unexpectedly as they always do. I was going from one room to the other, back and forth, people wanted me here, they wanted me there. Just as I was asked to go back to the are where the Bride and Groom would be married, the father of the Bride entered the room. Mom and Dad both grabbed the Bride’s hands as they began to pray.

    There I was in this most beautiful, spiritual, important moment. If I would have left seconds earlier, I might not have been able to capture this moment that this family will treasure for generations to come. Being a Wedding Photographer I am so in love with what I do. I have a very photojournalistic style approach to photography in general. Capturing moments as they happen, from a perspective that the Bride and Groom aren’t able to see themselves. After all, you never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

    -Ryan Hender

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