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Noe Todorovich is a Washington, DC based lifestyle photographer, and this is her blog. She shares musings, travels, photographs, tips, suggestions and more.

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On photographing a friend's wedding

Noe Todorovich

Last year, I heard a rumor that one of my dearest friends got engaged. So when I got a call from her with some news, I had a feeling I knew what it was about. Even so, it did not make me any less excited, and I was honored when she asked me to be a bridesmaid. 

We talked about how happy she was and some plans for the wedding. I asked if she had a photographer, as she lives in a part of Northern California that is very rural. I wasn't sure what the market was like out there in the land of Redwoods. I mean, she built a cabin. Yeah, that's right. She's a badass...and also an incredible sweetheart.

She did have a photographer duo in mind and liked their work, but also loved mine as well but didn't want to pressure me into photographing her wedding. She really wanted me to be there and to be part of the day. So we talked a bit about having a friend shoot your wedding and how it depends on the couple, the photographer and some other factors. But for the most part, I actually love to photograph a friend's wedding. I just wanted to be sure I was involved in her wedding the way she wanted me to be. So I sent along my website and information for her to share with her fiancé and think it over. 

And the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to photograph her wedding. I wanted to commemorate all the moments of the day. I wanted to provide her with photographs that I created and that she can treasure for the rest of her life. I would be happy to be a bridesmaid as well, but my true desire was to be her photographer.

It turns out we were on the same page, and she told me that she would love for me to photograph the wedding...under one condition: that she still gets to spend time with me over the wedding weekend. Sold and SOLD! I reassured her that would be no problem at all. The photographer often actually gets to be with the couple more than anyone else. From getting ready through the last dance and including portraits of just the couple, your photographer is with you (or where you want them to be). ALL. DAY. And it's an honor and a pleasure, especially with that extra connection in cases like these. 

So I'm off to California this week for one of my bests friend's weddings. And I couldn't be more excited. Stay tuned for pictures soon! 

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite pictures from previous weddings of dear friends of mine...  I think back fondly on these memories and the opportunity I had to share in their big day as both photographer and friend. I know, I'm cheesy. :)

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Back At It

Gina Todorovich

I’ve been slacking on the photography front. That’s how my last blog post started. And how my life has been going. Thankfully, I’ve made use of my camera once again over the last few weeks—for both film photography and some video projects.

That last blog post was actually written en route to Virginia Beach to help out at Kitchenability’s cookbook photoshoot already underway with Patrick Onofre. I knew that Nisa, newly dubbed CEO of Kitchenability (congratulations!), had been interested in doing some videos, and I figured I should bring my 7D along and put its video capability to use. I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the photoshoot, both taking videos and even helping out in the kitchen. That’s right, I cooked and baked. Probably more in a day or two than I had in months prior. ;)

It was a really fun, incredibly productive weekend with a group of amazing people all working together on an ambitious project. Check out this video to get a taste of what the weekend was like. Also, be sure to check out Kitchenability on Facebook and Twitter and OF COURSE look for the cookbook in August 2012.

 

In addition to the video endeavor, I also enjoyed photographing a few of my dear friends recently.

Some recurring faces on this blog that you may—and really should—know by now are of my dear friends Jacques and Paula, whom I have been fortunate enough to photograph several times during different life events. It started with their engagement photos, followed by their wedding, and then recently maternity pictures. Then, just a few weeks ago I took pictures of Jacques and Paula and their adorable son.

 

Paula pointed out earlier this year that I have photographed all of their life events and that it's become a tradition of sorts. One I am absolutely thrilled about, honestly. 

And last but not least, Chelsey Christensen—model, actress and dear friend—and I were finally able to schedule a photoshoot for her website revamp. Her's is another face you may already know (either because she’s super sociable, busy and all around awesome or because I’ve also photographed her before as well). And if you don’t know her yet, you should. Trust me. While her site redesign is allllllmost complete, you can get a sneak peak of some of the shots here. 

   

It's been great to pick things back up with photography, and I hope to—no, I WILL—continue to do so...