Friday Showcase: Marci Johnson

Believe it or not, I actually didn't meet Marci Johnson at Photoshop World!  Joe McNally and David Hobby came to Denver on their Flash Bus tour, and both of us were in the 6am VAL crew, so we bonded over the hauling of gear and putting together of goodie bags.  It's great to know somebody local like Marci, and I think I was just as excited as she was when she got to attend her first....wait for it...Photoshop World a few months ago.  Here's...... Marci!

I could sit here and tell you about myself and how I came to be a photographer, however, it's truly not that interesting to you or to me, SOOOOO, let's talk shop!

First, thanks to Michelle for the guest blogging opportunity. I’ve never been asked to do this, so I'm thoroughly, well, nervous first, honored next. :)

I like weddings... No, seriously, I like everything about a wedding. I like the grand venues, the dresses, the food, the in-laws and mostly, the bride and groom. I'm a people watcher by nature. I watch how people interact with one another, with their children, with complete and total strangers. But, I truly love watching a man and a woman dedicate themselves to one another, hopefully, for the rest of their lives.

I like to think of myself as a wedding photojournalist (term I stole from former Colorado photographer, now a Minnesota photographer, RJ Kern). I realize the requirement for formal family pictures is a necessary evil at weddings, I, however, love the candid, unrehearsed moments that come, more. The look of the groom when he sees his wife-to-be for the first time, the flower girl playing with her dress in the middle of the ceremony, the father who tries to discreetly hide the tears as his daughter becomes someone else's world. All the little details of the most important day in a couple's life (until the babies come) and make weddings a joy for me to shoot.

I’ve been married to my husband for 10 years. We didn’t have a big wedding, or even a small wedding for that matter, we paid the district court judge $35 and married in downtown Denver at the City and County Building. I’m not regretful. I, of any woman I know, would have been the worst Bridezilla in history and we never would have made it down the aisle. However, this fact has made me appreciate and admire the process of the wedding. Yes, it’s stressful and expensive (main reasons I didn’t have one), but when it comes together, it is amazing.

The photographer is there to capture the most intimate of moments during this remarkable day. The moments that will hang on their walls for years, provide stories that they will share with their children and grandchildren. I’m honored to be called a wedding photographer and humbled that my clients trust me to share in those moments…

Thanks for reading