What a difference a year makes. When I was going to meet Katie and Jason for the first time last December, an unexpected ice storm hit St. Louis and pretty much crippled the city. The roads were so bad, we had to postpone our first meeting. When we were finally able to reschedule, we joked that we hoped it didn’t happen again on their wedding date next year. Although we joked about it, I know Katie was truly worried this could be a real possibility.
I started watching the weather as it got closer to the wedding and was shocked to find out that it was going to be 60 degrees. Quite a change from last years meeting experience. I wanted to take advantage of the gift of a warm winter day by adding another element to their wedding day photography experiences.
I LOVE aviation. I was working on my pilots license, but after finding out we were having twins decided staying grounded would be the safest option for my family. I was ecstatic when I realized I could combine my love for aviation and flying in a more practical application, drone photography. By receiving my FAA Remote Pilot Rating I opened up opportunities to create unique photography experiences for my clients with the drone. Flying a drone in a wedding ceremony is distracting due to the noise. However, I was quickly brewing ideas on how to incorporate drone photography into other parts of wedding days. I was excited to be able provide brides and grooms an aerial viewpoint of their wedding day.
Since the weather looked beautiful for Katie and Jason’s wedding, I offered to add drone photography to their big day. To my delight their excitement matched mine and we planned to use the drone during their wedding session at Forest Park. After wrapping up the group shots, my excitement was almost palpable as I noticed luck on my side with the sun setting at the perfect height over the Grand Basin. I took the drone up to about 150 feet and starting photographing from afar. Katie and Jason did a great job with repositioning for different shots as I manned the drone around the area. It went so smoothly we decided to capture more aerial photos at the World’s Fair Pavilion. I could not wait to get home and see the photos on a big screen. The end result was incredible. Weather permitting and based on the interest of the couple, I now try to incorporate drone photography into my sessions to provide brides and grooms a unique perspective of their big day.
Katie and Jason had such a fun reception planned, with an ugly sweater Christmas theme. Jason even had a Christmas themed tux he changed into to complete the scene.
Katie and Jason, thank you for for allowing me to be a part of your first day of your new lives together.