Mystic Seminars: Don’t Be Afraid to Leave the Crazy Behind

I’ve had a few weeks to process what I learned at Mystic Seminars and its time to call out a few key points that really resonated with me.

Point #1: Don’t be Afraid to Leave the Crazy Behind

This first bit of wisdom was stated by Ben and Erin Chrisman of Chrisman Studios.

But it was supported by many of the other speakers that I listened to.  It derives from the belief that weddings aren’t just about the big party.  Instead, they’re about family and connection and the start of a marriage.  All of which I believe to my core.

The connections between people at a wedding is what really drives me in my art.  I love the emotion, the little touches between a couple, and the quiet moments that really tell the underlining story of a relationship.

I’m always on the lookout for these connections, but this year I’m going to remind myself to look for these moments away from the couple.  To search the perimeter, to find the people hanging out in corners, and to follow their connections, too.  Because they matter.  Guests at a wedding are there because they’re important to the couple.

In other words, I’m not going to be afraid to leave the crazy behind.  The crazy dance floor, that is.

I shoot with a 2nd photographer for this reason–so your dance floor doesn’t go undocumented, while I have the opportunity to look for the other underlying stories.  The perfect mix and the best of both worlds.

Leave the crazy behind snow mountain ranch wedding photo


  1. Great reminder. I fall victim to this too sometimes because I am so focused on making sure I get my checklist of pictures in my brain. I also have a goal to be more present this year, and really look for the emotion in not only the bride and groom but in the guests as well. It really is part of the story. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. That’s great that you look for the connections. That’s why being a photographer is so special, we get to see that and capture it for people to treasure for a lifetime!

  3. This is all too true — I get so sucked in to the dance craziness and forget so quickly about what else is happening all around. This is a lovely reminder. :)

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