Behind the Scenes 2018 with Ashley Mac Photographs

It’s crazy to think that we’re already halfway through January… of 2019! Is it just me or did 2018 fly by? I don’t know if it was because of my own wedding or all of the beautiful ones I had the privilege of capturing and being a part of it, but I can’t believe 2018 is over! While my couple’s wedding days are always incredible, I manage to crack myself up throughout the year as I go through photos because the teams I work with are just hilarious and like to have fun! They always capture some great shots of what it’s like behind the scenes of your photography team on your wedding day. Trust me, it’s pretty funny!

It’s definitely one of my favorite posts to share with everyone. This year, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite moments from behind the scenes on my wedding days!

Lou and I woke up to photograph a sunrise engagement session in downtown Washington D.C. From the photo I am sure you can see it was pretty cold… but he was a trooper. In fact, he was a trooper most of my wedding season - including our destination wedding in Florida, where he’s holding some beautiful bouquets (and my camera equipment in 90 degrees).

Lou and I woke up to photograph a sunrise engagement session in downtown Washington D.C. From the photo I am sure you can see it was pretty cold… but he was a trooper. In fact, he was a trooper most of my wedding season - including our destination wedding in Florida, where he’s holding some beautiful bouquets (and my camera equipment in 90 degrees).

Always gotta fix a bride’s dress and hair, am I right?!

Always gotta fix a bride’s dress and hair, am I right?!

Always testing light to make sure we get the perfect shot! during the reception. Test photos can be scary, but you’ll see in the post how much Amanda loves them!

Always testing light to make sure we get the perfect shot! during the reception. Test photos can be scary, but you’ll see in the post how much Amanda loves them!

People always ask me for tips on being a wedding photographer. Pro Tip #1: To be a wedding photographer it definitely helps to know how to pin a boutonnière.

People always ask me for tips on being a wedding photographer. Pro Tip #1: To be a wedding photographer it definitely helps to know how to pin a boutonnière.

Paparazzi in the church taking photos of each other!!

Paparazzi in the church taking photos of each other!!

Just a normal day in the office: carrying the wedding dress and cleaning the brides feet from sand!

Just a normal day in the office: carrying the wedding dress and cleaning the brides feet from sand!

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The bridal party had some fans that day: the Red Bank Police Department!!

The bridal party had some fans that day: the Red Bank Police Department!!

Pro Tip #2: Stay hydrated! I drink so much water on wedding days! Well… that, and diet cokes. Which I only drink on wedding days, funnily enough…

Pro Tip #2: Stay hydrated! I drink so much water on wedding days! Well… that, and diet cokes. Which I only drink on wedding days, funnily enough…

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Ashley Mac Photographs Behind the Scenes 2018 | New Jersey Wedding Photographer | NJ wedding photographer | New York Wedding photographer | NY wedding photographer_0077.jpg
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Creeping on the reception…. and getting creative with our posing!

Creeping on the reception…. and getting creative with our posing!

Even I’m impressed with how nice my braid looks here! My hair in some sort of braid is definitely my go to on hot wedding days!

Even I’m impressed with how nice my braid looks here! My hair in some sort of braid is definitely my go to on hot wedding days!

Always testing light…

Always testing light…

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You know just hiding in the bushes and playing peek a boo before the ceremony starts… totally normal.

You know just hiding in the bushes and playing peek a boo before the ceremony starts… totally normal.

Posing for the camera!!

Posing for the camera!!

Milena & Dalwin’s wedding was a week before my own! I can see I don’t have my wedding band on yet while I show them how to pose ; )

Milena & Dalwin’s wedding was a week before my own! I can see I don’t have my wedding band on yet while I show them how to pose ; )

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I love when the kiddos want to help out! This ring bearer was on the run until my assistant Kristen caught him! And then… while putting together my detail shots, both of the flower girls loved watching me set everything up. The one said to her mother “I want my wedding to be exactly like this wedding when I get married!” It melted my heart!!!

I love when the kiddos want to help out! This ring bearer was on the run until my assistant Kristen caught him! And then… while putting together my detail shots, both of the flower girls loved watching me set everything up. The one said to her mother “I want my wedding to be exactly like this wedding when I get married!” It melted my heart!!!

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I’m not sure if Lou and this sweet grandma are chatting it up… or, maybe she just photobombed my test shot! Haha! Either way I love it.

I’m not sure if Lou and this sweet grandma are chatting it up… or, maybe she just photobombed my test shot! Haha! Either way I love it.

I don’t trust just anyone to hold my camera, but I guess it’s okay when the groom is a photographer too!

I don’t trust just anyone to hold my camera, but I guess it’s okay when the groom is a photographer too!

I can neither confirm nor deny that I wasn’t taking a quick nap there…

I can neither confirm nor deny that I wasn’t taking a quick nap there…

Jane strutting her stuff… in the church!

Jane strutting her stuff… in the church!

Having a mint? Having a conversation? Who knows?!

Having a mint? Having a conversation? Who knows?!

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Seriously, the cutest flower girl!

Seriously, the cutest flower girl!

Sand is hard enough to walk on without camera gear strapped to me!! Not the most flattering.

Sand is hard enough to walk on without camera gear strapped to me!! Not the most flattering.

Casually hiding mics for the ceremony

Casually hiding mics for the ceremony

Beach hair, don’t care! Not my best wedding bun… but on a beach, who cares?!

Beach hair, don’t care! Not my best wedding bun… but on a beach, who cares?!

Pro Tip #3: Invest in a dress hook! It will change your life. And Pro Tip #4: Hiding under a veil on the boardwalk is probably not going to keep you super warm…

Pro Tip #3: Invest in a dress hook! It will change your life. And Pro Tip #4: Hiding under a veil on the boardwalk is probably not going to keep you super warm…

There are no words…

There are no words…

I spy with my little eye…

I spy with my little eye…

Pro Tip #5: Know how to put a veil in the bride’s hair… because they’ll definitely try to fly out!

Pro Tip #5: Know how to put a veil in the bride’s hair… because they’ll definitely try to fly out!

I love little surprises like these when I go through my second photographer’s images

I love little surprises like these when I go through my second photographer’s images

And that’s a wrap! I’m so thankful for all of the amazing photographers and vendors I got to work with this wedding season! And I’m even more grateful for all of the incredible couples who asked me to document their big days!

Here’s to 2019!!