(I know… this isn’t what you expect to read about when you visit a wedding photographer’s website, but hey, I gotta share the crazy/wild stuff as well)
I have personally now seen three rattle snakes this year (I think the last time I saw a rattle snake was riding quads with my buddy Shane in highschool) My first rattle snake sighting this year was on Cold Springs Trail in Santa Barbara. The next siting was at a wedding:
The ceremony was about to start, I told Cheryl to walk down this hill and get shots while standing next to a specific rose bush… literally 90 seconds before the bride is gonna walk down the aisle, I feel a tap on my shoulder, it’s Cheryl. I’m like, “dude!! (I call EVERYONE dude… and no, I don’t surf) dude… what the heck are you doing, you’re supposed to be shooting down there!!!” Her reply…. there’s a rattle snake where I’m supposed to stand and I just about stepped on it….) Turns out, she was right, she was watching her step so she wouldn’t slide, and she was about to set her foot down when she noticed a strange/familiar pattern below her foot… a rattle snake!!!
So, I rush up to the father of the bride, tell him there’s a rattle snake about 5 feet from where his daughter is about to get married, he finds the caterer for the event who has a shovel, they take out the snake, the crowd cheers, and the wedding goes on.
Then, just the other weekend, Cheryl and I are photographing her brother’s wedding. Cheryl, Josh (her brother) and myself are walking up to the house everyone is getting dressed in, Josh walks up to the door 2 steps in front of me, but as he reaches the door, I’m stopped short as I spot a rattle snake just to my left. Yep… our second rattle snake at a wedding this year!!! This one quickly coiled up and started to rattle at me, I pulled out the camera, grabbed a few shots, then began trying to play snake wrangler, Cheryl screams, I stop, and the snake falls off the porch. (I promised her next time I would try and get her to hold a stick and pin the guy down while I got better portraits… she didn’t sound like she was too game, but only time will tell!)