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Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe

Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe

Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe

 Sweet, small, delightful, and simply beautiful – just a handful of words that run through my mind when I think back to my one of my close friend’s wedding. 

What a day to celebrate! What may have seemed like a whirlwind, long distance relationship at first – was really two long-lost friends who reconnected in the last couple years. 

A seedling romance budded into a beautiful relationship. . . that led to this memorable backyard wedding!

Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe

Some family and a handful of friends gathered in this charming Tempe backyard to celebrate this heartwarming event.

We did not have manicured ceremony grounds and gardens with all the bells and whistles to work with, but the simple beauty of the day gave it a magic that was truly a blessing for everyone who was there to share in it. 

Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe

Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe

Prior to the ceremony, we had a reveal – when the bride and groom had a quiet moment to see each other for the first time in all of their wedding splendor. 

These images are always sweet. 

The expressions clearly show all of their excitement.

Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe

After the reveal, we snapped all of the portraits of the bridal party and family. 

Then we did a small bride/groom session. 

Considering it was noon, and a super sunny day – (not ideal for portraits) – we managed to get some lovely images. 

Once all of the “formals” were done, the bride and groom were free to enjoy the ceremony and celebration without having to step away again.

And I was free to just roam and capture the moments as they happened!

Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe
Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe

CG Photo and Design of Arizona photography offers the best of wedding photography and lifestyle portraits.

Candace Gier

(480) 603-7865

Candace@cgphotoanddesign.com 

Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe

Pastor Gives Away Bride and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler AZ

Pastor Gives Away Bride and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler AZ

Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler AZ

Weddings are always beautiful, exciting, emotional and fun . . . but even more so when you know the couple. 

Kristi is the daughter of the pastor of the church we have called home for over 12 years now.  I have had the privilege of watching this young woman grow up. 

She has faithfully served on the worship team and has been a shining example to the youth of our church.  Then, a few years ago, Daniel started attending our church. 

He has an amazing musical talent and started serving alongside her.  It seemed to be only a matter of time that they would come together; both share a passion for God, serving, and music. 

Though everyone was overjoyed at the announcement of their courtship, I can’t say it was a complete surprise!

Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Bride and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Arizona
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az

I started photographing as Kristi was about to slip into her gorgeous dress.  She had only a few final touches before heading to the church. 

The emotions grew high as sister, mom, and the rest of the family set their eyes on the radiant bride before them. 

Another photographer, Brenda Sand, was working with the guys.  Many of her amazing photographs are posted on Facebook.

Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az

It was a bright, sunny, and extremely hot Arizona day outside, so we kept our outside portraits to a minimum. 

We were fortunate enough to have found a beautiful lake community close by, making it convenient to stop for some quick shots with the girls.

Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Bride and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Arizona
Pastor Gives Away Bride and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Arizona

The Ceremony Was Touching

Everyone witnessed father-of-the-bride give his daughter away and then step up to the podium to bind the marriage. 

Kristi and Daniel lovingly said their vows, shared in the sand ceremony, signed the marriage license and exchanged rings. 

Pastor Gives Away Bride and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Arizona
Pastor Gives Away Bride and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Arizona
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Bride and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Arizona
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Bride and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Arizona
Pastor Gives Away Bride and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Arizona
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Bride and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Arizona

As usual, this ceremony ended with a kiss to seal the deal. 

But this was no ordinary kiss.  This was their first kiss. . .  lovingly and carefully saved for this special moment. 

Not only were fireworks exploding on the screen behind them, but several members of the “audience” were holding up scoring cards.  I’m sure they were tickled to see they scored all 9.5’s and 10’s!

Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Bride and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Arizona
Pastor Gives Away Bride and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Arizona
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Bride and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Arizona

We took some quick family portraits at the church before heading out to our beautiful little desert oasis down the road. 

What a FUN group to photograph! 

Even though we had time limitations, we managed to get some great shots. 

Pastor Gives Away Bride and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Arizona
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Bride and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Arizona
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter and Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az

We hurried back to the church just in time for the reception.  

The rest of the evening was full of sweet surprises and lots of fun for everyone. 

There were elegantly choreographed dances and a milk and chocolate chip cookie toast.

Instead of a bouquet toss, the bride gave out a rose to each of the single women and young ladies. And instead of a garter toss, the groom gave each of the single guys a guitar pick, or a “let God pick”.  

Both shared encouragement to trust that God will direct their lives.

Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az
Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az

The night ended as the guests sent the newlyweds off with glow lights as if waving their magical wands of blessings and well wishes on their new life together. 

Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az

Pastor Gives Away Daughter Then Officiates Wedding in Chandler Az

CG Photo and Design of Arizona photography offers the best of wedding photography and lifestyle portraits.

Candace Gier

(480) 603-7865

Candace@cgphotoanddesign.com 

Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit Down and Talk Wedding Photography

Guest Blog by John Tarr

I am a retired wedding photographer myself with over 1,300 weddings under my belt in the last 45 plus years.  

I understand this type of photography and I know what it takes to come away from this wonderful family event with images people will cherish for years to come.  

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

I have trained a number of photographers to shoot weddings over the years and I know photography talent.

Two photographers with this talent are my daughter-in-law Candace Gier and my son Jason Tarr. I may be a bit prejudice because they are family but I realized early on that these two had something special.

In the beginning, they accompanied me to weddings as an assistant and then later as a second shooter.Now they both have their own photography business but frequently team up to shoot weddings together. 

When they do, look out. The bride, groom and family are in for a real treat of stunning images. We also get to share in this treat.

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

I had a chance to sit down with these two amazing wedding photographers and ask them some questions on this business called wedding photography.

I also had a chance to shadow the two of them on a wedding and took still and video images of them at work so we could get a peek at what they do.

Their relationship with each other, spoken and unspoken as they worked through the day was unique.

The images on this blog are the result of that day’s work. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did following them.

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

Question #1:  Why are two photographers important when photographing a wedding.

 

Candace: I feel two photographers can cover a wedding more completely than one can.  Not only can two photographers be in two different places at one time, but each one offers a unique perspective of the wedding.    

Jason: Well, my first reason is two heads is always better than one. You can feed off each other’s creativity. The second reason would be that as a photographer, you get to relax and consentrate on what is going on right in front of you, and not worry that you are missing something out of your view because you know that the other photographer is around and capturing something else that is important.

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

 Question #2: When you two photograph a wedding together, what is generally your role and why?

 

Candace: Typically, when photographing with Jason, I work with the bride prior to the ceremony, capturing her getting ready and taking all or most pre-ceremony portraits.  During the ceremony, I document the ceremony from the back of the ceremony site, while Jason is up front.  After the ceremony, I focus on all of the formal portraits, setting up the lighting and posing – from the big groups down to the bride and groom portraits.  Once the reception hits, Jason and I are both, again, documenting the evening.  We always help each other out, offer ideas, and collaborate on trying new – fun techniques.  

Jason: Usually the person who signs up the wedding is the main portrait photographer, as this is their wedding and the couple is most comfortable with them and makes the portrait a lot easier right off the bat. 

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

Question #3: Is the photography equipment different depending on the role you are taking on and why?

 

Candace: When doing portraits, you need to have extra lighting equipment ready to go, usually a light stand with a second off camera flash and soft box. I need a lens with a good range; I prefer my 18-200.  When photographing as the second – I prefer to have 2 cameras, with a wide angle, a long lens, and a fast lens available at all times.  An on-camera flash is on one camera.

  Jason: As the photojournalist, I will shoot with two of the same type of camera bodies, but with two very different lenses attached to each. One camera will have a very fast, long 70-200mm lens that enable’s me to reach out from a long way off and touch someone. I love the compression this lens gives. I also like the shallow depth of field. Much of the background goes out of focus while the main element is nice and sharp. The second camera body has a super wide angle 20mm lens attached. The feeling it gives is much different. Everything comes out in focus without really trying unlike the BIG lens. It will show everything that is going on and the slight wide angle distortion is amazing. I live in both worlds when shooting a wedding and it helps me to make a complete story with my photography.  

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

Question #4:  Does that role change throughout the course of the wedding and why?

 

   Candace: I will usually shoot portraits, but Jason almost always has some things he wants to set up, so I’ll let him take lead and then I’ll take over looking for different angles from another perspective.

Jason: Yes, it can, but usually during the portraits of the bride and groom, as one photographer might have an idea for a shot and need to take control of the subject, as to how they want them to pose.

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

Question #5: At what point in photographic career did you realize what role you liked better and why?

 

Candace: I’ve always enjoyed documenting events, looking for unique perspectives, but it was probably after I had quite a bit experience creating portraits that I realized I liked wedding portraiture.  Once I was effectively able to pose and light my subjects in many different situations, I found that portraits can be fun and creative.

Jason: Right from the start I loved the more candid, photojournalistic approach. I loved capturing people as they truly are.   

Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

Question #6: What type of communication do you have about the wedding with each other before the wedding starts and does it change after the wedding has begun?

 

Candace: All of the basics are discussed – timeline, bride and groom info, family info, any special surprises, lighting issues that may come up (direct sunset on ceremony, dark reception area etc. . )  We usually choose portrait locations, and any special ideas we have.  If problems arise during the ceremony, or unexpected events or obstacles, we just signal each other and adapt to the situation.

Jason: We talk together about a week before the wedding. Then in more detail on the way to the wedding. We try and get to the location early and get a lay of the land and discuss what we have before us. As the wedding goes on we may make some changes.

Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography
Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

One final question for you two: Do you each share an interesting shot that was taken?

 

They both answered the same on this question.

When possible and if time allows, we share our images with each other. We are big fans of each others photography.

I hope you find this blog interesting on what it takes to photograph a wedding from inside the head of two very good and seasoned wedding photographers.

Two Exceptional Local Photographers Sit down and Talk Wedding Photography

They both have their own website with many beautiful images to look at. 

You can find them here: Candace Gier at C G Photo and Design

Jason Tarr at Behind The Shutter Photography

I may not shoot wedding anymore but I keep my hands full by being a graphic artist and building websites for people and businesses. I designed both of their websites to show off their photography skills.

You can find John Tarr at Best Website Solutions .

Two Amazing Chandler Photographers Sit Down and Talk Wedding Photography

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Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona

Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona

Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona

This last Sunday I had the pleasure of participating in the Prescott Bridal Affaire Expo.  

It was at the beautiful Hassayampa Inn in downtown Prescott. 

This historic building was an amazing venue to meet and get to know some potential clients.

Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona
Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona

I took my husband and oldest daughter up to help, and I’m so thankful they were there. 

My husband was amazing, helping to get the 5 of the 8 foot tall grids up for my display, and was truly my best salesman! 

His outgoing and fun personality was great for pulling people into my booth, and talking my services up. 

My daughter, though a little shy, was taking the overflow when Erik and I were talking to other people. 

She was making sure everything was running smoothly and handing out brochures.  I love having my family part of my business.

Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona
Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona

My display was simple, but I feel it was very classic. 

With the grids, I was able to display my photos in a museum-like way which really made it stand out. 

I simply mounted my images onto foam boards, and glued magnets to the back. 

20 minutes to put the grids up, and 5 to add the photos! It took way more time to drag everything in and out.

Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona
Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona

I talked to so many great brides, grooms, mothers of brides, and even a couple grandmothers of brides!  I also met some wonderful Prescott wedding vendors. 

I am so excited to work with some of these brides, photograph at the beautiful locations, and get to know some of the friendly vendors I met who work in Prescott and the surrounding areas.

Chandler Wedding Photographer | Photo Display | Prescott Bridal Expo Arizona is a blog post by photographer Candace Gier of C G Photo and Design.

 

CG Photo and Design of Arizona photography offers the best of wedding photography and lifestyle portraits.

Candace Gier

(480) 603-7865

Candace@cgphotoanddesign.com 

Small Sweet Wedding in Tempe

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