The last two weeks have seen me busier than I’ve ever been in a long time. From a weekend beach wedding shoot to re-designing my blog to a little potluck that we put together, I’ve barely had time to sleep, let alone write.
While the never-ending activities have left me with a deficit of words, what I do have is a surplus of photos. And I’d really love to show you some photos from the wedding but that’ll come later. The bride gets first dibs on seeing the shots.
Instead, I’m going to show you photos of that wee little event we organized: the Big Summer Potluck. The wonderful Anderson family of Three Many Cooks graciously welcomed everyone to their beautiful home for this event. I am told that I spoke a bit about photography, and that I might have even made a little sense. My mom was in attendance, bless her, and although I figured it was for moral support, something tells me that she was there to block all exits in case I decided to make a run for it.
As I was photographing this event, I approached it much like I approach shooting a wedding. Which is to make sure I take lots of shots, try to get photos of every single person in attendance, and most importantly, don’t forget the details.
We had wonderful wine from Louis Latour for our cocktail hour. They’re family-owned and have been around for over 200 years. That’s 11 generations. Less than fifty families in the world can lay claim to that.
And of course, there was lots of good food. Incredible concoctions that weren’t just beautiful to look at but were so delicious they elicited groans from everyone.
From putting together the programme to designing matching name badges, we put a lot of work and thought into the details because we knew that details add up to a whole. And we wanted the whole to be as close to perfect as possible.
This is why it’s important to shoot the details when covering an event, whether it’s a wedding, a performance, or an unlikely gathering of food bloggers in rural Pennsylvania. Not only does it provide a different perspective and a more complete picture, but it also helps celebrate the effort that was put into making it happen.
And yet the whole that we ended up with was so much more, and no amount of meticulous planning could have guaranteed the kind of instant friendship, kinship, and community that we felt. No, all that was courtesy of the amazing mix of people who attended and the incredible giving and sharing spirit that embraced us all that day.
There were about 40 individual “details” that day, and together, we made one incredible whole.
(For more photos of the event, grab a drink and view the Big Summer Potluck slideshow.)