The fox and the bear

So it happened. My brother, Bill, got married on January 13. I started the morning with A Nightmare on Elm Street while sitting in bed in my room at the Hard Rock hotel overlooking downtown Chicago. Friday the 13th would have been more fitting, though it wouldn't have calmed my nerves anymore.

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Best Man with a camera

Last March, my brother surprised me with a request: that I would be the Best Man at his wedding. He also asked me to be one of the photographers. I know how to take photographs, but I don't know what being a Best Man entails. I 'ought to be preparing for my toast, but I suppose I'll procrastinate and write my thoughts here instead.

Packing for Chicago in January is tricky. The clothes I'm shoving in a suitcase are much thicker than what I would pack for the summer. Plus I need to leave room for a suit! So, my camera gear will have to be compact. I'll be packing the following in two bags:

  • A collapsible disc reflector
  • Travel tripod and light stand
  • Two camera bodies
  • 24, 50 and 80-200 mm lenses
  • A flashgun with wireless transceiver/receiver 
  • Travel gray/white cards
  • Three batteries and SD cards

So I think I'm all set on the photography side of things.

I've photographed a wedding and bar mitzvah, but never from the inside. A behind-the-scenes photoshoot from a member of the wedding party could be an interesting perspective. And when I need to put the camera away to tend to the duties of the best man, I always have a phone. The best camera is the one you have on you, right? Luckily my girlfriend, Candra, will be taking photos during the ceremony.

Helen

Several months ago my father told me my sister's pregnant.  And now I have a niece who's introduced me to unclehood. How about that? I hope she'll find me to be awesome. Meet Helen and her first-time grandparents. (Hover over images for captions)