The wedding photographers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art have seen it all, from the chaotic night they were scheduled to shoot the first major installation to the rush of excitement that comes from meeting some of the world’s most iconic artists.
In their latest book, “Kathryn, Our Guest: A Personal Journey Into Wedding Photography in the City of Light,” the photographers, who have all lived and worked in New Orleans, share their memories and reflections on their love for the city.
“I always wanted to be a photographer in New York, but I never wanted to do it,” said Kathy Rader, who is the author of the book and also a member of the Metropolitan’s photography team.
“This was a great opportunity to be an outsider, and to really be part of the culture and experience a new city.
It was like an extension of that.”
The photographers have a lot in common, but their perspectives are often different.
They also have different interests.
Kathy Radegraf, who lives in New Jersey, has been married in New Hampshire, and her husband is an artist.
“They’re both very artistic people,” she said.
The book is a collection of personal stories, ranging from the chaos of the day to the joy and relief of the night before the ceremony to the highs and lows of the wedding itself. “
Kathy is very into painting, and they’re very into photography, and I’ve been a photographer my whole life.”
The book is a collection of personal stories, ranging from the chaos of the day to the joy and relief of the night before the ceremony to the highs and lows of the wedding itself.
The photographers tell their own stories, often relating their experiences during the week leading up to the ceremony and their hopes and fears for the day.
They offer advice on how to handle any potential wedding complications, including the possibility of pregnancy.
“Kathy’s been in so many weddings, and she’s had so many wonderful people come to her, and you never know what it’s going to be like,” said David Oleson, who also lives in the city and is the director of the New Orleans Photography Project.
“It’s kind of a roller coaster ride, and it’s hard to describe.”
Rader, the author, said her husband, who has worked in marketing for years, always had a smile on his face when he was out in New England, and the wedding photography was always a part of that.
“My husband always had the most amazing smile, and that’s the smile I get the most when I do this,” she recalled.
“And I’m always glad when I have that smile, because that’s how happy I am when I’m doing this.”
The photographer and the bride share a special bond.
“There are times when you feel like you’re the last person in the world that should be having to tell her you’re not feeling great,” Rader said.
“You’re not ready, so you just sort of let her know that you’re okay and that you’ll be fine,” said Rader.
“She just goes, ‘That’s fine.
I love you, I love this wedding.'”
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