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Wedding photographers should always be equipped to
handle day-of surprises, but this was a bit of a different story.
Chicago wedding photographer Jai Girard was planning
for a city shoot with this couple just before their ceremony,
which happened to be on the day after the U.S. presidential
inauguration when the streets of Chicago (and worldwide)
were flooded with marching protesters.
“We didn’t know about the protest until the day before,” Girard
says, “and we didn’t think it would interfere until we were notified
that the limo [to pick us up] was stuck in gridlock six blocks away.”
With the clock ticking, they decided to make their own march to
the limo, with a quick stop on the way. “Everyone has Chicago city
pictures on Michigan Ave and various landmarks, but we felt, why
not embrace the opportunity to get a shot that no other bride and
groom will have on such an historic day?”
Girard had her Nikon D750 at the ready with the Fisheye-
NIKKOR 16mm f/2.8 lens at f/5.6, 1/320th of a second and ISO
2000 as the crowds cheered on the newlyweds-to-be. But the
adrenaline didn’t stop there; they hopped in the limo and headed
to the church while Girard, using her camera’s Wi-Fi system for
the first time, hurriedly sent the file to her PR buddy. “Literally I
was pulling my gear out of the car and running into the church to
shoot the ceremony as the file was uploading,” she says. As soon
as it got posted online, news and blogs everywhere picked it up.
“I knew it had legs,” Girard says, “but not like that.”
A Timely Photo Op