There’s a scene in the movie “The Birds” (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963) where a group of school kids runs from the school behind this church (Saint Teresa of Avila in Bodega) as birds are descending down on them. They run down the hill and past this church to escape.
So when the bride told me she wanted a photo of her and the groom posing in front of the church while the wedding party is fending off attacking birds, I was totally into it! Used a beauty dish on a light stand to overpower the mid-afternoon sun and had a retoucher add in the birds. This was such a fun wedding to photograph. There was a “Birds” theme throughout, with even ceramic birds handmade by the bride for wedding favors!
I’ve photographed my share of weddings, but I gotta say this one was especially fun. The location was amazing (Bodega Bay) with coastal vistas and a cool small town where “The Birds” was filmed. The bride and groom have been dating for 15 years so getting a chance to be part of this day and document it with photos was truly an honor.
Congrats Tanith and Tim! You’re a great couple and your wedding was fantastic!
© 2013 Pete Springer
Birds added by Pratik Naik of Solstice Retouch