San Jose Wedding Photography and Engagement Photography
Shane and Amelia recently booked me as their wedding photographer from the Knot Magazine. They will have their wedding in March of 2011, and live in San Jose. Currently, they attend college in Utah. We first met on-line through Skype, since they were in Utah at the time looking for a photographer, and I now meet with all my wedding couples in person or on-line before I send out any contract, to make sure we are a good fit. Skype is great since I meet with couples in other states, in Europe, or even just locally in Sacramento or the Bay area, where it’s hard to find time. Shane and Amelia were excited and have great smiles. They had all these ideas and excitement for their pictures, so that’s a plus!
Story of me being reported to Homeland Security
We had to quickly plan the engagement session since their wedding is in March. Shane liked my images with the old airplane in the background, so I Googled some place in between us, which was the Stockton Metro Airport (I know, but never again). Well, long story short, we captured some amazing images with old planes in the background and this burnt torn rusty car I found sitting in the middle of an alley, but upon leaving, as I was sitting in my car, when a San Joaquin deputy sheriff pulled in right behind me with his lights on. He whipped out his gun from his holster while I was parked and asked me what I was doing. Well, I had finished texting my wife off the side of the road, and he gives me attitude and tells me I can’t be photographing around there (I wasn’t at the time, but I had permission at the airport to be shooting on the vintage airport property, which is where I shot). I had verbal contract with them, but he kept insisting for documentation, and said after 911, you can’t be photographing around an airport. Actually, I can. A photographer can photograph anywhere that is accessible to the public, accept for certain military operations, and reasonable private places (like through a window of someone’s home). I showed him my images, that I’m not any spy or terrorist, but that didn’t matter. I was doing nothing wrong, and apologizing, he told me to quit arguing, that I was “pissing him off” and then he wanted my driver’s license. After he returned my driver’s license and reg, etc.,, he told me he reported me to the Homeland Security. I was so mad. I’m just a wedding photographer sitting in a car texting my wife, and next thing I know, I’m being reported to the Homeland Security. Something is really wrong with this picture!
However, we captured below what was worth being wrongfully harassed for, and I’m glad I was able to capture these images of the great couple!