Behind the Scenes in 2015 | Business

A wedding day is kind of a crazy thing. In approximately 8 hours, Nathan and I witness everything from hair and makeup to sparkler exits, with two little things called the ceremony and reception in between. In addition, there are bridal party portraits, bride and groom portraits, and the ever-stressful-but-necessary family portraits.

Thankfully, we have a system that helps us work together to efficiently and creatively capture each moment. When Nathan started photographing weddings with me one year ago (yay!), part of that system is trying to get pictures of each other…often with amusing results :) This translates into Nathan getting in-action pictures of me working, and me getting pictures of my sweet and unsuspecting husband in between poses so I can test light or otherwise get a hilarious picture of him.

So while most behind the scenes blogs will usually show the main photographer, mine will showcase both of us in a whole new light. Many thanks to Nathan for all the somewhat flattering photos of me…and even more thanks for being the unwitting subject of my new favorite blog ;)

 2015 Behind the Scenes | Maria Grace Photography

Here's how we started out the year...with a pile of snow, and Nathan carrying all my stuff. I wonder why he stuck around...oh yeah, probably so he could be my light tester extraordinaire.

...although sometimes he made me return the favor.

Sometimes, we wear a few different hats on the wedding day...or  ties, in this case.

 Behind the Scenes in 2015 | Maria Grace Photography

Yep, I do boutonnieres. 

 Behind the Scenes in 2015 | Maria Grace Photography

Sometimes you even help out the videographer. What a team player.

 Behind the Scenes in 2015 | Maria Grace Photography

The face of sharp intensity and focus. Cake cutting is serious business.

 Behind the Scenes in 2015 | Maria Grace Photography

This was just to teach him a lesson...NEVER CROP AT THE ANKLES!

 Behind the Scenes in 2015 | Maria Grace Photography

Eventually he caught on to my sneaky tricks and started dishing it right back.

 Behind the Scenes in 2015 | Maria Grace Photography

This is my fashionable 'bubble gum' look for all 2015 hurricane weddings.

 Behind the Scenes in 2015 | Maria Grace Photography

I'm siiiiiinging in the rain.

 Behind the Scenes in 2015 | Maria Grace Photography

This is how I imagine Nathan feels after seeing that picture on my blog...

 Behind the Scenes in 2015 | Maria Grace Photography

He did get this one where I'm way too excited about the bridal party, but somehow I feel that he may be more on his toes this wedding season.

 Behind the Scenes in 2015 | Maria Grace Photography

But really, we love each other and we love being a husband and wife team. Here's to an amazing 2016!

 Behind the Scenes in 2015 | Maria Grace Photography

Maria Grace Photography

My name is Maria, and I am a wedding and family photographer based out of Hampton Roads, Virginia, but I am always excited about traveling. I love families who truly enjoy spending time with each other and living life together. I love couples that are looking forward to their wedding day because they are so excited to finally be married to.