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The wedding photographers

By RICHARD SHAW
Focus page editor


Richard and Dedee Dart's photography service was one of the first in the state to shoot wedding photos entirely digital.

Almost everyone has seen the movie "Father of the Bride." And in it Martin Short as the wedding planner.

Then they made a movie called "The Wedding Planner" with Jennifer Lopez who tried to teach others the rules of getting married, but broke them herself.

And of course there was the production of "The Wedding Singer" where Adam Sandler played the seemingly never to be married performer who makes everyone elses wedding miserable because he was left at the alter without a bride one time.

Then there is the wedding photographer. No movie, at least not yet, but in Price they are the ones that preserve the memories for those getting hitched.

Tom Berryman and his daughters love unique locations in which to shoot wedding photos. This image was created at the Great Salt Lake.

And by the examples on this page they do it well.

Tom Berryman owns Western Photo Company which opened in 1995 and he feels it is important to tell the story of the wedding. For the pre-wedding photos the location is important. He works with his two daughters, Tami Smith and Mariann Davis, to take photos that a couple can be proud of.

"We like doing candid shots," says Ellen Berryman who assists her husband in his business.

Berryman and his crew shoots their photos with 35 mm film.

Then there is Dart Photography. Richard and Dedee Dart find that Bridal with a Bridle is popular; horses and weddings seem to go together well here, especially in photos.

"We want to do what ever the customer wants and to make them happy with our work," says Dedee. "Of course the summer is good for outside shooting, but of course for the more formal look the studio is the place to be."

Kimball Johnson shoots a lot of photos in his studio but also likes remote work. He finds that weddings are such stressful times, so if a photographer can make the session fun it is better for everyone involved.

They shoot all their photos with a digital camera and use very little flash photography at the wedding site. They haul their lights with them to get it just right.

Next is Kimball Johnson, who owns CaveArt Photographics. One of the things he finds important is that the photographic sessions are positive. Weddings are stressfull times and often families and participants are stressed.

"I find that people are often not in great moods when we are shooting wedding photos," he says. "There are usually a lot of people and they are all anxious about not only the photos but the upcoming event. At the wedding itself I just try to stay out of their way and mill around with the crowd. I find some of the most interesting photos are of the people at the wedding that are in the crowd."

On top of that there is always someone else taking photos (like an uncle or cousin) when he is at remote sites away from the studio or at the wedding itself. He just lets them go ahead and photograph the same thing he does; he stays out of their way. He says taking photos at weddings take a lot of diplomacy, but that it is very rewarding. He uses digital photography for all his shots.





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