Raychel and Brooke’s Stormy After Wedding Session by Los Angeles Wedding Photographer Brandi Potter
If ever there was an example of a shoot that didn’t go as planned this is it. I occasionally like to host shootouts for other photographers to help build community and to help others that want to learn. We watched the weather for awhile and it was supposed to quit raining so we felt comfortable walking back to our location and starting. I, of course, left all of my rain gear in the house, which was a huge mistake on my part. We were about 20 minutes into one of the exercises I had planned and it started down pouring. We ran down into the woods for some cover but we all ended up soaked and we were struggling to keep all of our gear dry.
After I realized it was impossible to keep my cameras covered with the clothes I had on, I said screw it. Let this be a lesson and we can shoot through the rain. We were all wet anyways so what was the harm? These photos are in no way, shape, or form, where I would have liked them, but there’s a strange romantic feeling I get when looking at them. I love that they aren’t technically perfect, and I love that it pushed me to make images out of my comfort zone. It was nearly impossible to get a shot that was in focus with the amount of water that was on my lenses, and because I know that, I love these even more.
Raychel and Brooke are such troopers and I am beyond grateful they wanted to come out and have 10 cameras in their face for this. I’m also extremely impressed with how willing they were to just go with it, and have fun in the rain. I asked Raychel after the shoot to open up and write something for this post about what it was like being an LGBTQ couple and planning a wedding in Kentucky, and because it’s pride month I felt like this was the perfect opportunity for this. I know it can be difficult in more conservative areas to plan, so I wanted to give other LGBTQ couples a little hope. There are some amazing vendors in our area that will love on you no matter who you are or who you love, and even if I’m not the right photographer for you, I will still help you find someone that will treat you just as wonderful.
Here is what Raychel had to say:
“Brooke proposed to me on December 3, 2016 in Asheville, North Carolina. We spent the weekend celebrating and touring the city. It was one of the happiest times of my life! I remember being so excited to share it with everyone and to plan the wedding I’d dreamed of since I was a little girl. Slowly after the excitement wore off and I was overwhelmed with anxiety. Would we, as a same sex couple, be able to find vendors?
A venue, an officiant, a photographer, a caterer, etc? Much to my surprise, we were welcomed with open arms by our dream wedding venue, The Livery. Shortly thereafter Brooke sent me an email while I was working with a link to Brandi’s website. I spent my lunch break scrolling through beautiful, raw, emotion-packed photographs that were unlike the posed, bright, toothy, smiles ones that flooded social media feed and was instantly sold. To top it all off, Brandi had photographed the Livery before which was a HUGE must-have for us as we know that the lighting in that space can be tricky.
Brooke sent her an email with the dreaded question.. “I hate that I even have to ask this, but we are a same sex couple. Is that okay?” Brandi’s response was one I’ll never forget- “I hate that you have to ask that too.”
I was elated. From the moment we met at our engagement photos up until our wedding day, she helped us any way she could. She never batted an eye and treated us as if we were any other couple- but better than that. She treated us as her friends.. as her family. We are all so grateful for Brandi and all of our wonderful vendors- all of whom had no problem whatsoever working with us.
On Friday, September 22, 2017 we were officially married. It was the most amazing day of both of our lives and we owe it all to the inclusion and love we received that still sweeps us off our feet to this day.”
You can look through Raychel and Brookes wedding photos here.