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the last wedding post (probably) [Nov. 2nd, 2009|07:36 am]
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The Ohio trip is coming to a close. I have two, or possibly three more portraits today, then I'm back home to trillian_stars and Roswell (and Milla and Tatty and Safetypinn) - it feels like I've been gone ... forever ... so much has been packed in to this, so many people, so many experiences, so many things to bring home. I'm still torn about travel. I love to see other places, I love to meet people, but at the same time I really miss being home. I've no idea how Neil (and Amanda and all my other touring musician friends) can be away from home for months at a time. Everyone should have a sofa to call their own, something that welcomes them home.

In any event I'm going to save the awesome cool news for tomorrow so as not to dillute this.

I don't photograph weddings. Ever. Don't ask. Well, unless you're a famous novelist. Yesterday I broke down and photographed Cathrynne Valente's wedding. Wedding photography is a very particular thing which I don't think I'm very good at. (I always recommend Conrad Erb to people who ask, he's really good and loves what he's doing.)

Hopefully I rose to the occasion yesterday. Cat and Dimitri have been friends and inspirations and house guests for a long time and it was wonderful to see them come together in a really wonderful confluence.

Since I have No Idea how to photograph a wedding, I pretend everything's an album cover.



It wasn't just a wedding, but also a book release for her new novella Under in the Mere

I've packed up the car, am in a coffee shoppe having a muffin, there are some more adventures scheduled for today. I'm so grateful for them, and the ones leading up for it, and all the people I met and new friends. It really is a wonderful life. Go out and do something amazing today.

More good news tomorrow, which involves comic books.



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[User Picture]From: krool1280
2009-11-02 04:06 pm (UTC)

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Your entries are always such a breath of fresh air with all the positive energy and genuine wish of the same for everyone. That picture is hilarious and fun, and I love the fall colors!
Safe travels to your love, your couch, and your cats.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-02 05:59 pm (UTC)

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What a wonderful thing to hear. Thanks so much!
[User Picture]From: krool1280
2009-11-02 06:09 pm (UTC)

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absolutely, sorry I didnt get to meet you and trillian stars two weekends ago.
[User Picture]From: chang3002
2009-11-02 04:09 pm (UTC)

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Awesome! Sooj leaping like a wedding pixie has to be the best thing next to the stunning bride and groom.

So sorry I missed it but it looks like they did okay without me. :)

I treat every picture like it's for an album cover. And I'm no photog.
[User Picture]From: tithenai
2009-11-02 04:11 pm (UTC)

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*SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!*

Aw, I thought you were going to come for breakfast this morning -- I'm sorry I didn't get to say a proper goodbye to you. It was so fabulous to get to spend time with you! Also, you rocked that sweater HARD. :p
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-02 05:13 pm (UTC)

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I had to take Gen to work. I am actually banging on the door right now. No one is answering.

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[User Picture]From: gieves
2009-11-02 05:47 pm (UTC)

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Oh no! Any luck joining them after your gallant rescue (of me)?
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-02 05:58 pm (UTC)

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Nope. Went off and had Chinese. On my way to Youngstown now.
[User Picture]From: theferrett
2009-11-02 11:36 pm (UTC)

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Alas! We were told you were gonna be here circa 9:30, so by 11:30 we had abandoned all hope of a Kyle. If we had only known!

(In retrospect, as it was pointed out later, we should have put a note on the damn door, but we're not that bright.)
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-04 05:38 pm (UTC)

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Or, if the night before when I said "I don't have your phone number, but I'll just knock on your door" someone had said "that's stupid, exchange phone numbers." That woulda fixed it too. My Chinese brunch was awful. BUT, it was on the way to Youngstown so it mostly worked out in the end. Next time.
[User Picture]From: rbradakis
2009-11-05 01:31 am (UTC)

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Yes, my brilliant suggestion of putting a phone number on the door was not followed. Probably because I didn't suggest it until after we got back from breakfast and saw this travesty of timing.
[User Picture]From: s00j
2009-11-02 04:13 pm (UTC)

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YES!!!

Miss you already.
Go safely!
[User Picture]From: chamisa
2009-11-02 04:17 pm (UTC)

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That is definitely one of the best wedding photos I've ever seen. And yay for fun adventures!
[User Picture]From: thimbleofrain
2009-11-02 04:27 pm (UTC)

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That may be the coolest wedding photo I've ever seen.
[User Picture]From: karohemd
2009-11-02 04:38 pm (UTC)

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What an awesome photo, from the jumping guitar player to the creepy kid in white. :D

Also, kudos for your episode of abe_kroenen, very atmostpheric.
[User Picture]From: spryng
2009-11-02 06:16 pm (UTC)

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Wow - nice. It's pretty refreshing to see a wedding photo that's not in the usual wedding photo fashion. I've been looking at wedding photos a lot lately, and they really have their own style. Which is nice and it works well for weddings, but man, does it get repetitive and dull.
[User Picture]From: katden
2009-11-02 06:45 pm (UTC)

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Since I have No Idea how to photograph a wedding, I pretend everything's an album cover.

A perfectly incredible idea!!!
[User Picture]From: lapswood
2009-11-02 07:11 pm (UTC)

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No offense but the little girl looks really creepy! A bit like the girl in Harper's Island tv show. It must be what she's wearing.
[User Picture]From: fmlcupid
2009-11-02 08:39 pm (UTC)

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Fish eye lens??

Added you rfrom photographers
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-02 10:09 pm (UTC)

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12mm - not quite fisheye, but pretty wide. Thanks for coming over!
[User Picture]From: mutantenemy
2009-11-02 08:42 pm (UTC)

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Are you kidding me? That is an AWESOME wedding shot! I love how every person is doing their own thing (reading, Hamlet-monologuing, jumping, etc). Plus, I love your philosophy, weddings are a celebration and should look like rock album covers. :)
[User Picture]From: lois2037
2009-11-02 09:08 pm (UTC)

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"Since I have No Idea how to photograph a wedding, I pretend everything's an album cover."

Well, yeah! I, too, hate to shoot weddings, having assisted a photographer at several of them. If only he'd thought to approach them like that it would have been way more fun to shoot, and I think the clients would have loved the results, rather than the standard, though lovely, wedding shots they got.

And what's this about news regarding comics??!? I look forward to that!

[User Picture]From: lucky_fool
2009-11-02 10:54 pm (UTC)

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I have No Idea how to photograph a wedding

Balderdash! While you may have no idea how every other wedding photographer in the country manages to put out virtually identical work you most certainly know how to photograph a wedding.

Getting everyone to look like they're enjoying being photographed is a skill that should be appreciated. Most wedding photos just look like everyone in them, other than the bride and groom, would rather be doing something else. And after the first five or so I think the bride and groom would rather be elsewhere as well.
[User Picture]From: geekers
2009-11-02 11:11 pm (UTC)

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I prefer your wedding photos to standard wedding photos, which are usually dull/boring.
[User Picture]From: desar
2009-11-03 12:22 am (UTC)

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unless you're a famous novelist. wait what are you implying there dear sir? do you know something we don't know? :) j/k
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-03 12:37 am (UTC)

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I think everyone knows that Catheynne M. Valente is a famous novelist!
[User Picture]From: desar
2009-11-03 01:51 am (UTC)

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Oh I wasn't implying she wasn't I was implying an different famous novelist. In any case the photos, as always, are amazing! :)
[User Picture]From: batwrangler
2009-11-03 02:01 am (UTC)

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The album-cover approach really worked well. Fwiw, I think a lot of people are going with less formal and more personal wedding photography (at least among the people I know who are currently getting married or who have gotten married in the last 5-10 years).
[User Picture]From: libgirl
2009-11-04 05:42 am (UTC)

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cat is catvalente yes? Who is stranded in Germany? write-up there and at her journal?

I was sent to the write-up via some fannish friends and went to her journal where I found her pictures and recognized the wedding from this picture that you posted.

The world is a *very* small place.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-04 05:36 pm (UTC)

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To quote Analiese Moyer: "It's not a small world, we're just big people."
[User Picture]From: catvalente
2009-11-04 05:59 am (UTC)

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You were amazing, and I am endlessly grateful for you being willing to shoot our wedding. I could not have asked for better, and I love how unique the shots are.

Also, you managed to get pictures of my parents talking, laughing, and holding hands. This is a miracle. In fact, I think you temporarily gained the ability to shoot photos through alternate dimensions into a place where such a thing is possible.

I am obsequiously grateful, Kyle.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-04 05:35 pm (UTC)

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When I noticed your parents talking and laughing I was like "Sweet Barking Cheese, I'm going to earn my donut tonight!" I think it really helped that your dad squared his shoulders with Grand Determination to make something happen for you. I could tell he was uncomfortable but determined to Do The Thing.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2009-11-04 05:33 pm (UTC)

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I'm not sure who's idea it was, but she walked out into the scene and Cat said "Come on, you can be in the picture." So I said "Stand right there." and away we went. she helps make the whole thing because she's wearing white and has this great expression on her face.
[User Picture]From: catvalente
2009-11-07 02:38 am (UTC)

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Nika, made secretly famous by a Sooj song, is very shy, and had never met any of those people before, and only by having bizarrely fixated on me as the Coolest Person She Knows did she even agree to be in the wedding, let alone in the shot. I'm very proud of her for at no point just walking off.

She is, however, one of the Coolest Kids on Planet Earth.