Being a wedding photographer involves so much more than just photography. You have to juggle many, many things, all the while reducing stress, maintaining composure, AND nailing exposure. It is important, too, that you are able to adapt to the individual client, meeting their needs, expectations, and comfort. You are a director, not a dictator. So when Phil and Kristen expressed their desire to have almost purely documentary style photography to capture their wedding day, I had to adjust my methods to meet their needs. It was a challenge, as almost all of the weddings I shoot expect formals as part of their photography; however, I was happy to meet the challenge. Fortunately, most of the hard work was already done for me when Phil and Kristin booked the beautiful Misselwood at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. Everything about this gorgeous setting is a photographer’s dream scenario. The estate offers ample lighting with its many floor to ceiling windows, which overlook the immaculate grounds and a breathtaking view of the Atlantic ocean. Outdoor weddings at Misselwood are especially unique and pleasant, as the estate is perfectly located to provide ample open shade for the ceremony. And though it was a scorching 90+ degrees on the day of Phil and Kristin’s wedding, the ocean breeze provided constant relief to the couple and their wedding guests. After the wedding, Phil and Kristin did decide to take a minute and advantage of the beautiful scenery to capture some stunning photography with their beloved dog, Bowser, who may just be the easiest dog I have ever worked with. It was definitely a minute well spent, as the results are some incredible images that the couple can cherish for many years to come.