"Guys, one more I promise, I promise! Just stand in the middle of the intersection! Trust me on this one!"
They say that an artist is someone who stands in the rain, and waits to be struck by lightning. I think thats exactly what I was thinking about when I was lying down on the cold, wet cobblestone road, in Gastown, Vancouver. That being said, I am almost certain that Preety and Gary weren't exactly thinking about standing in the rain any longer and had just about enough of my "creativity."
I remember the first time I saw Gastown. The lights, the Vancouver rain, the old cobblestone paths; I knew I had to create magic there, just once. As soon as I parked the car in Gastown, I remember looking over to Gary and saying, "I wish it would just rain a little bit." We got out, opened the trunk to the van and felt raindrops. It was a calling.
I knew what I wanted in this shot. I already had it pictured in my head. The shot took a lot of patience and time to setup. Every time we got setup for a shot, there would be a line of cars coming through the intersection, forcing us to pick up our lights and moving over to the side of the road. We were wet, cold, hungry and it was starting to get late. I could see Preety getting colder by the minute and her asking for the time, wasn't a good sign either. I shouted out, "Guys, one more I promise, I promise! Just stand there in the middle of the intersection! Trust me on this one!"
I got down on the cobblestone road, lying down in a puddle. I remember ripping my, "We The North sweater. At that moment I remembered the saying, "An artist is someone who stands in the rain, and waits to be struck by lightning." I ignored the rain coming into my face and composed my shot. "Click" I knew I had gotten the shot! I looked at what appeared on my LCD screen and I couldn't have been happier; despite the wet socks, ripped sweater and the thought of pizza and Netflix!
We packed up the gear, and headed out of Gastown. Driving through Waterfront Road, I saw the Olympic Cauldron. I looked over and said, "Guys, one more I promise!..."
Thank you Preety and Gary for putting up with me in Vancouver. This award for Best Wedding Photography, wouldn't have been possible without your continuous love and support.