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Erin and Scott are two nerds who got hitched in Erin’s parents’ backyard in mid-September.

© 2011. Erin and Scott! Sorry for the dust on the film. Portra 400.

Jeff, a few Missouri photojournalism alumnae and I attended. Naturally, we all brought our cameras. Naturally, I brought my Mamiya.

© 2011. Erin and her parents enter the ceremony! Portra 400.

It was a small, lovely wedding.

© 2011. Jeff's and my places at our table under the tent. Portra 400.

© 2011. Erin with Kristen, one of the bridesmaids. Both were masters students at Missouri, and they're kinda nerdy. Portra 400.

Thanks for sharing your lovely day with me, Erin and Scott!

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I had just put my lunch in the microwave when the newsroom got a call and my editor sent me hurrying a few blocks down to the county administrative center.

Someone was getting married on Valentine’s Day!

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Douglas White places the ring on his bride Christina's finger after saying his vows in a ceremony conducted by York County Commissioner Chris Reilly on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at the York County Administrative Center. Reilly said that every Valentine's Day, at least one couple is married by a county official.

I arrived ahead of them and, after I couldn’t find any signs of a marriage ceremony, was about to leave when I ran into the couple entering the building. Everything went smoothly from there.

They almost had me sign as their witness, but a woman waiting in an office came along and volunteered.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Having just arrived at the York County Administrative Center, Douglas White and Christina Case of York Township pause outside the second-floor elevator, unsure of where to meet York County Commissioner Chris Reilly on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, for their marriage ceremony.

Valentine's Day wedding

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Christina Case and Douglas White, of York Township, wait for York County Commissioner Chris Reilly to marry them in a quick ceremony on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. The two have been together for about a year and decided last week to get married. "We thought, 'Why not on Valentine's Day?'" Case said.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Having spoken their vows and exchanged rings, newlyweds Christina and Douglas White kiss in the York County Administrative Center on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. The Whites decided last week to get married, and a woman waiting in a county office acted as their witness.

Once again — Happy Valentine’s Day!

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It’s been almost a year since I last shot basketball, but on the evening of my second day at The York Dispatch, I tagged along with John to photograph a high school game.

This was my first time…

  1. shooting high school basketball
  2. using my new full-frame camera to shoot sports
  3. having a lot of mobility and access during a game

For example, there was a wheelchair-access space cut out in the bleachers right in front of one of the baskets. Because no one in the crowd had a wheelchair, a photographer could sit there and shoot. So I did.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Central York's Jalil Ford attempts a shot during the third quarter against Red Lion on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2010.

A drop-down curtain separated the full court from a half-court, so that made for a nice, clean background on one side.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Central York's Corey Hartz attempts a shot against Red Lion on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2010.

The gym also featured a track that ran above and around the entire court. I spent most of the first quarter up there, and wished the whole time that I had at least a 300mm lens.

© 2011 by The York Dispatch. Red Lion's Eric Althoff unsuccessfully attempts to score at Central York High School on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

One thing I’ll have to wrangle: how to avoid back-/front-focusing with my new full-frame. I’ll be experimenting with different focus modes and techniques every chance I get.

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Wedding: Hannah and Nathan

For a long time, the only twins I personally knew were Hannah and Phoebe — my second-cousins, who lived about 20 minutes away from us. My brothers and I grew up saying “Hannah and Phoebe” all in one breath, but that’s changed since Phoebe was married last summer.

Yesterday was Hannah’s wedding. I was one of several hundred guests, but I nevertheless brought my camera. Whereas a designated wedding photographer (or a bold guest) would roam the church and hotel ballroom, I stayed in my pew and remained on the sidelines.

Here are a few shots I captured during their ceremony and reception. Everything was shot with my 50mm lens.

The groom (Nathan) and ringbearer wait at the altar for the bride. The ceremony took place at Chinese Lutheran Church on Bellaire Blvd. in Houston.

Side note: I’d gone to preschool at this church, when it was formerly Canterbury. I remember being a kangaroo in the Noah’s Ark play, on the very stage where Hannah and Nathan spoke their vows.

The bride is escorted to the altar by her parents.

The wedding cake.

The bride and groom's first dance, at the Hilton Westchase. Converted to black-and-white because the white balance couldn't be reconciled and, as a guest, I didn't bring a flash.

It should go without saying that, had I been the designated wedding photographer, you would be seeing a lot more photos here. And I’d have brought a flash unit, and more lenses.

But I’m sure their hired wedding photographers did a great job, and I’m so happy for Hannah and Nathan. Congratulations to them and their families!

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Two weekends ago, Jeff and I spent three days in Houston for my brother Matt’s wedding.

Matt.

Emily. (With some negative scratches in her hair.)

Although we were not the wedding photographers, we both brought cameras. Of course. Jeff shot digital, which means his photos were up and ready the next day. I shot film, which means my photos are just now ready.

There’s a reason why I shot film, and particularly Tri-X 400 film. I’d grown up poring over photos shot by LIFE photographers. The black-and-white photos of JFK and Jackie’s wedding always struck me as wonderful wedding photography, and I wanted to capture a similar, candid look using black-and-white film.

In the bride's dressing room an hour before the wedding, Emily reads a card sent up to her from Matt.

As a bridesmaid, I had special access to the bride’s dressing room at the Richmond House, where the wedding and reception were held. I knew the hired wedding photographer wasn’t scheduled to arrive until shortly before the ceremony, so I happily took it upon myself to capture some small moments among the girls.

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