Lavonda and Shamar are Married: 7/26/12
Even though I mentioned in my last post that my next wedding submission to this blog will be the one I’m shooting in West Hartford, Connecticut, I did want to include one other wedding shoot I have recently done. It wasn’t a traditional wedding shoot in the sense of being on location all day to photograph the prep work, the ceremony, and then the reception. The bride and groom, in fact, were already married by the time they came to me for their pictures. The couple, Lavonda and Shamar, had been married in a private civil ceremony due to scheduling conflicts. They had originally planned to get married at the Battle-Friedman House in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Since they still had a reservation on the location, we decided to still take their “wedding photos” at that location.
I had previously shot a wedding at the Battle-Friedman house back in May so I was familiar with the location and knew where I wanted to do the shoot, especially when we were outdoors. The middle of the day heat was pretty unbearable so we only had a limited amount of time to get what we wanted while we were on the outside. After taking photos in the front of the house, we moved to the back where there was great brickwork and muted colors to use, which went along nicely with the overall muted look I decided to give the photographs.
The interior of the house was too good to pass up so we quickly moved inside to navigate the various rooms in the historic building. Lavonda and Shamar were great to work with and open to suggestions about the locations throughout the shoot. It made things go by extremely smoothly and made the session seem like more fun than it was work.
All in all, it was a great shoot at a great location. If you are ever in the Tuscaloosa area, please visit the Battle-Friedman House. You can also check out their website at
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