Everybody’s a photographer

I’ve always been on the fence about the whole issue of cellphones at weddings. I really wish everyone could just enjoy the moment during the first dance. Than I would be able to see better!

The Stateroom, Boston MA (left) Andover Country Club, Andover MA (right)

The Stateroom, Boston MA (left) Andover Country Club, Andover MA (right)

But then…at the end of a night of painting I’m asked repeatedly, “Is it OK if I take a picture?” Then I’m happy having guests do their thing with their phones. (Is it because I happened to include them in the painting?) It’s one of those moments that the hired photographer may not capture. And it gives me a chance to connect personally with some of my subjects. For me, the high point of the evening is if the wedding couple is able to tear themselves away from the party long enough to take a look. And if there’s a friend with a cell phone nearby, all the better!

Artistic License

As a live event artist I will be busy painting all evening. I set myself up in a strategic location, then wait and watch. I notice and paint all the different bits of the celebration and make them harmonize in a single composition. To do this I will have to use my imagination to make things fit together.  


Everything is in motion. The bride and groom whirl past. Uncle Bud makes a speech. Everyone eats and gets merry. What? The cake’s already being cut? The band is playing a slow dance, then a fast one. People crowd the dance floor. A line dance (rhumba?) snakes around the room. The lights dim.  

This party might go from dusk until midnight, but in my final painting on canvas all those many moments will add up to one great big memory.