Young kids at wedding rehearsal dinner in New Hampshire
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Young kids at wedding rehearsal dinner in New Hampshire

Young children involved with wedding festivities are always a delight to photograph, particularly if they're allowed to approach us cautiously and we can show them that our big cameras really aren't so scary. This cutie is the son of a good friend of the bride, and he was very much in love with his new cowboy hat, despite not being all that sure of how it best fits. Getting low and up close with young children can make them feel more comfortable, while giving a more well-rounded sense of the event through the documentary style coverage we provide at rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. Documenting what a child looks like is different than capturing what they're like as a very small person; we believe both approaches are valid, but try to focus on the latter, as most parents will already have images of their kids grinning at the camera. We avoid directing kids, and even tell them sometimes that they don't have to smile for us. This can intrigue them and often put them at ease much more quickly than trying to tell them what to do, so it's our preferred method.

A picnic style buffet can be the ideal Vermont or New Hampshire rehearsal dinner, allowing guests traveling from long distances to slow down and appreciate the abundance of beautiful weather, fresh air, and bountiful local food available in the rural areas of New England. Many destination wedding clients love to have rehearsal dinner coverage; we happily provide this for most weddings, as it allows us to get to know the principle players of the event in a more relaxed and casual setting than the morning of the wedding day.

Location: Cornish, New Hampshire.

1/500; f/4.0; ISO 800; 35.0 mm.