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      Yours truly, doing the Cupid Shuffle at Sarah and Mike’s wedding

      At the end of every wedding season, I post a series of photos of us in action at weddings. I love going through all the pictures and seeing how much fun I had throughout the year. 2010 was particularly memorable, because it was my busiest year ever, and because I’ve been pregnant for most of it. The pregnancy didn’t slow me down. Neither did a sprained ankle – in this picture, I had sprained it about two hours earlier, but the wedding day adrenaline made the dance floor as irresistible to me as always.

      For photos from previous years, scroll through the blog posts here: Behind the Scenes

      Here are pictures from the first half of 2010! Some of these photos may look familiar, because I’ve shared a few of them in posts about my pregnancy. But most are new. Pictures from the second half of the year will come later this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      In January, I had the incredible honor of photographing the birth of baby Ellie. Afterward, I had a chance to hold the beautiful little girl.

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      Here I am with baby Ellie and her mom, Traci. Traci had given birth about an hour earlier and looked amazing.

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      In March, I got ambushed by guests at a wedding in Vail. Obviously I wouldn’t have wanted to be rude by turning down the nice gentlemen.

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      In April, Mike and I headed to Lake Tahoe for Amanda and Stephen’s wedding. This picture cracks me up, because I have a stunning lake to use for portrait backdrops, but I am posing the bride and groom under this cement staircase. But they trusted me, which enabled me to get some soft light for close-ups like this one. Don’t worry, we still took lots of scenic portraits like this.

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      Here’s Mike, getting a cool angle of Amanda’s veil. You’ll see that “rolling on the ground” is a common theme in these behind-the-scenes pictures. The best angles aren’t always at eye level. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Mike and me, enjoying beautiful Lake Tahoe.

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      One of my favorite photo shoots of the year was Carrie and Pete’s engagement session. I’d never done a photo shoot on a farm before, so I was surprised/delighted/freaked when Chuck the cow followed me around for several of the pictures. She was right behind me for a while, so at one point I turned the camera around to capture the hilarity of the situation. The look on my face here says it all!

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      In May, I traveled to England to photograph Ali and Howard’s wedding. This getting ready photo was a first for me – the handsome best man getting dressed is my husband Mike!

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      Check out this cool English wedding venue! They don’t make ’em like that in the States.

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      My friend David Pearce drove all the way from Kent to help with with this wedding. I see that even well-mannered Brits aren’t afraid to roll on the ground at a wedding!

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      Of course the ground is the only place to get an adorable picture like this one of Ali and Howard’s son, William.

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      Howard was the best man in our wedding and is like a brother to Mike, so now Ali is family, too.

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      The two best men and their ladies. Unfortunately I was wearing my photo garb instead of a cute dress like Rosie’s.

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      During Mike’s best man speech, he said some wonderfully romantic things about being married to me. Bride Ali took my camera away from me so I could stop and enjoy the moment. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Mike likes to remind me that not all old, pretty buildings in England are castles. I don’t care what he says… this was a castle to me.

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      In June I photographed a backyard wedding at Carissa and Adam’s farm in Colorado. Since it took place at their house, their affectionate cat was a part of the day.

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      Anyone who knows me knows that I can’t resist a cat. Especially a friendly black cat!

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      Later that month, Jesse Starr began shooting with me. He has such a great way with kids!

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      This year I photographed the weddings of several photographers, including Vie. I walked into a room before the wedding and found Vie and Jesse talking shop. It’s hard to stop being a photographer on your wedding day!

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      I have no clue what Vie was doing back there, but I’m sure it made Nichole laugh, and was therefore perfect.

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      By late June, I was three months pregnant, and my stomach was starting to pooch out a little bit. I was wearing Sea-Bands to help with the morning sickness. I’m not sure if they worked, but I got through all the weddings just fine, thank goodness.

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      I loved the texture of Emma’s gown, especially when the light would shine through it. (Edited to add: here’s the picture I was taking.)

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      Here I am at the Air Force Academy Chapel, taking this picture of Emma and Kyle.

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      Stephanie caught this picture of me grinning in response to Emma and Kyle’s adorable strawberry cake topper.

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      Stephanie Brauer and me

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      When Emma’s mother found out that I was pregnant at the end of the day, she sent me home with a whole box full of desserts. I was so happy that I asked the lady at the Broadmoor Hotel’s front desk to take a picture.

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      In early July, I could still lie on my stomach, which was a great perspective for this photo of Jamie.

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      Just another day in Colorado paradise.

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      I like to make myself useful.

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      I look at this picture now and can’t believe that I thought my stomach was sticking out a lot then. I look like a waddling watermelon these days.

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      Here I am, making myself useful again. I really should ask a florist to teach me how to fasten boutonnieres the right way. I just taught myself one day, in response to frequent requests for help.

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      Jesse and me on the Keystone gondola, on our way to a wedding.

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      With Kasey and Dave at the top of the mountain in Keystone, setting up this picture.

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      The life of a traveling photographer sounds more glamorous than it is. Here I am, shooting while in a toilet stall. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      With Chris and Dave, at the top of the mountain in Keystone, setting up this picture.

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      By late July, I was definitely showing.

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      In early August, bride Sarah smuggled her cat into the church while they were getting ready. As I mentioned earlier, I can’t resist a cute cat.

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      After the ceremony, we took Sarah and Mike to the Garden of the Gods to take scenic portraits like this one. It was on these rocks that I fell and sprained my ankle. I stood up, kept shooting, and then called Mike from the car on the way to the reception.

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      During the meal, I sat down with an ice pack and laughed it all off while waiting for Mike.

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      Mike hurried over with Tylenol and ankle braces.

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      The ankle braces, combined with the adrenaline rush of the wedding, kept me comfortably on my feet the rest of the night. As I mentioned earlier, the wedding was so much fun that I even danced.

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      4.5 months pregnant.

      Stay tuned for Part 2 of my behind the scenes photos!

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      Girish, lots of these photos include links to the pictures I was taking. Check the photo captions for links. ๐Ÿ™‚

      you are seriously an inspiration to me. you are one of my favorite photographers and you pretty much have my dream job. thanks for sharing…i can only dream that one day i’ll have a big event that you’d be taking photos for!

      Thanks for behind the scenes. I was really wondering how the shot of the wedding dress came out, after I scrolled down the comments I saw it. Very nicely shot, good angle on that.

      I would like to see other shots and how they have turned out as well.

      you are seriously an inspiration to me. you are one of my favorite photographers and you pretty much have my dream job. thanks for sharing…i can only dream that one day i’ll have a big event that you’d be taking photos for!

      This is just the coolest thing ever. I love watching you grow!!! You’ve done some crazy things to get the perfect shot, but that’s why you’re so awesome. Can’t wait for part two!!

      I love these pictures. Glad to hear that you’re doing well.

      And hee! Love the cow picture. I love cows. And of course, I love cats (we have what’s called a “cow cat,” ourselves). That sooty black cat is adorable, but so is the tortoise-shell cat.

      Mike has had to put up with a lot of wacky stuff that I’ve done this year. “You DO realize that you’re pregnant, right?” is a common question around here.

      This is just the coolest thing ever. I love watching you grow!!! You’ve done some crazy things to get the perfect shot, but that’s why you’re so awesome. Can’t wait for part two!!

      i read the part that Mike wasn’t there. i just hope you told him gently. hehehe

      “guess what! so i was rock climbing, see…”

      awesome pics! you have a great job!

      After viewing those exquisite funny touching photographs, I think those folks were so lucky to have you as their photographer!

      i read the part that Mike wasn’t there. i just hope you told him gently. hehehe

      “guess what! so i was rock climbing, see…”

      thanks!
      it’s brilliant!

      Charlotte I love so much when you post these behind the scenes entries and link to the photos you actually took. SO COOL!

      Kyoot kittehs! Ha! I’m right there with you on that one.

      Actually I wasn’t freaked when I fell, but I was definitely worried. I heard something go SNAP in my ankle, and assumed it was broken. I just sat there on the ground for a few moments, to make sure nothing was too severe, and then I stood up and kept on going. I think everyone watching was more scared than I was (like “oh crap, down goes the pregnant lady!”). The bride and groom asked if I was ok, and I smiled and said, “Actually I’m not sure, but I’ll find out tomorrow. Let’s keep shooting.” Mike wasn’t there at the time (Stephanie was shooting with me), but he was fantastic to meet us at the reception with first aid.

      love it!! i love the “behind the scenes” and “the results” comparisons. love the kitty pics, too. hee!!! i would not be able to resist taking pictures of kyoot kittehs either.

      also, how freaked were you falling off that rock?? how freaked was Mike and everyone else!? omg. i’m just glad you were okay!

      I’m curious to see the result:

      thanks!
      it’s brilliant!

      Charlotte I love so much when you post these behind the scenes entries and link to the photos you actually took. SO COOL!

      love it!! i love the “behind the scenes” and “the results” comparisons. love the kitty pics, too. hee!!! i would not be able to resist taking pictures of kyoot kittehs either.

      also, how freaked were you falling off that rock?? how freaked was Mike and everyone else!? omg. i’m just glad you were okay!

      I’m curious to see the result:

      I love seeing these photos!!!! I still can’t believe you made it through the entire night with your sprained ankle and DANCED! Come back to Colorado so we can have more adventures ๐Ÿ˜€

      I love these type of posts! I’m thinking about doing one myself. ๐Ÿ™‚ There’s just so few pics of me doing what I do. I always take snapshots of my hubby, though. Hmm… Should I be mad at him for not taking pics of me, LOL.

      Wow – it is super useful to see the “snapshot” photos and then the photo you took. Thanks!

      Charlotte Geary

      CHARLOTTE GEARY

      Lifestyle, event, and portrait photographer with a vibrant, joyful style and 17 years of professional experience.

      Located in Reston, Virginia near Washington, D.C. and available for travel.

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