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NASA Wedding Reception

August 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

A few weeks back I was privileged to be invited as a second photographer at a wedding reception and "reveal" that was being held at the NASA Space Center.  Kia Lerner is a local Pearland photographer who I would like to thank for giving me the opportunity to accompany him as a second shooter for this event.  Check out his web site at www.kailerner.com.  It was a unique experience to be able to photograph an event such as this at NASA (It's still the Johnson Space Center to me).  The couple met while working together there at the center and the groom actually proposed to his bride to be there at the center.  Here is the actual location of the proposal:

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Besides photographing the event we were privileged to be escorted around the facility by two people who knew the facility well.  They were quick to point out areas of interest that would have been over looked by most on a general public tour.  Several items there at NASA are original items that were actually flown in space.  It is a great place to visit.  If you have not been lately you are in for a treat when you go.

As the second shooter I was assigned to take photos of the groom while he was preparing for the reveal.  The "reveal" is where the groom sees the bride for the first time in her gown.  The couple decided to have their wedding reception before the actual wedding.  Their plans were to depart to Cabo the next week where they would be married.  So they both dressed, the groom in his tux and the bride in her gown, and then we photographed the first few moments when for the first time the groom saw the bride in her gown.  Here are a few of the photos I took of the groom with the best man before the reveal:

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My shots of the reveal were limited.  Kia Lerner uses Canon equipment and I use Nikon, so the lighting set up could not be triggered by both the Canon and Nikon.  Kia photographed most all of the reveal.  I was forced to use such a high ISO (because I could not let my flash interfere with Kia's light set up) that most all of my reveal photos were somewhat grainy.  Here is a photo I took during the reveal but unfortunately it was photo bombed by Kai:

 

I did learn a very valuable lesson as I usually do when I shoot any of these events.  What's that saying "I learn more from my mistakes than I ever do from my successes".  This is a mistake I should have already seen coming.  We walked outside to photograph the bride and groom leaving.  We had been inside a very cold building for several hours and then walked outside into a warm humid environment.  Needless to say my lens fogged up and stayed fogged up for several minutes.  I told Kai to go ahead and photograph the bride and groom coming out so everyone did not have to wait outside in the humidity while my lens cleared.  I was a sport and went ahead and took a few photos thinking "who knows maybe the fog will create a special effect".  You be the judge:

 

 

I can't end with that photo so I will leave you with a couple of my favorite from the reception:

                    Here the bride fakes everyone out and hangs on to the bouquet.

Father and daughter dance together after the first dance

 

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A little cake adjustment!

 

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Well I hope everyone enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoyed showing them.  Be sure to post a comment below and let me know what you think about the blog, web site, and photos.  

Sincerely,

 

Kelly


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