Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

Every job has a lot that goes on behind the scenes to make the more public part flow smoothly. Wedding photographers take beautiful pictures but on the wedding day we become so much more. Looking back through the past year is a hilarious reminder of all the different roles I take on a wedding day - and all the fun I've had to boot!

I've been so fortunate for Nathan to accompany me at most of my weddings this year, and I think at some point we started a friendly competition to take the most ridiculous pictures of each other possible. Combine that with the wall of exhaustion that comes rushing in after hours of constant thinking, moving, talking, and shooting, and the end results have me cracking up as I finish out the year.

Have fun - and a good laugh on us - looking through our official 2016 behind the scenes pictures!

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Buinsess

This is called my intimidation technique...it's totally working.

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Buinsess

"So...can you help me out of the water right here?"

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

One of Nathan's primary jobs - dress fluffer and placer. Sometimes I wonder if the staff thinks he's trying to run out with a wedding dress...

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business
 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

Why yes, yes, I have a plan...

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business
 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

Sometimes the pictures are flattering...EXCEPT FOR MY FACE.

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business
 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

Word up. Totally not my car...but I wish it was!

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

This next photo series is called "How many things can Nathan carry at the same time?"

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business
 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

When it's windy and your hair goes completely flat. Good gracious I need a curling iron...or a hat.

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

Nathan has mad tie skills. It has come in handy on multiple occasions.

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

It's my personal goal to teach someone the Wobble at every wedding I attend. 2016 was a smashing success.

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business
 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

Oh heeeeeyyyy Christy!

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

That moment when you know a wedding guest...and just happen to match. High fives all around.

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

How far can I lean without falling into the water?

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business
 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business
 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

I totally look just as good as the bride. Totally.

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

"Hey Nathan, I've got to test my light so...just stand in the middle of the street. Don't worry, it's safe."

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

"So you're going to have to make a speech at this wedding..." (I actually have no clue what he was saying but that's the only thing I could think of to make me look THAT intense!)

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

"Hey you! Look over there! No, that way. TO MY RIGHT!"

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

Yes, it's a brilliant idea to get as close to sparklers with your camera as humanly possible.

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

When Nathan tests light for me. Never a dull moment.

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business
 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business
 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

This is called "how many layers can I wear on a wedding day?"

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business
 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

Sometimes he takes pictures and I take pictures of him taking pictures.

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

...and yes. This is a real moment. And a genuine smile. Because I absolutely love what I do and I can't wait until next year!

 Behind the Scenes in 2016 | Business

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.