It is the heat of wedding season. I will shoot up to two weddings nearly every weekend of the summer. After shooting so many weddings…you would think it might become routine. But, every mother of the bride, wacky bridesmaid, uncle bob and the family odd ducks at each wedding provide a new adventure with new personalities and new moments.
I have the privilege of capturing not only wedding days, but a first pregnancy, the arrival of a newborn…these are amazing milestones in our lives that are inherently beautiful. Part of what I want to do as a photographer is to connect with the authentic beauty within the relationships that are apparent in these milestone moments you have commissioned me to capture. It is easy to forget that in the height of a wedding day, but it is what I always come back to. I love to watch a couple fall naturally into place and take their space on their terms in postures that reflect how they cosy up on the couch together. It’s easier to place you in a dramatic pose and make you look like a page from a magazine, but the challenge is truly to capture something authentic between you and I hold myself to that challenge in each shoot. Making beautiful images that reflect stereotypes is easy…authenticity is not.
While anyone that knows me knows I have a thing for fast prime lenses and fine cameras…I find, without that genuine connection between my clients and myself- the connection that feels like an old friend has arrived on your day- the images will only be as good as that connection. To me, the finest photographers are those that put people at ease. They allow people to be themselves, to be vulnerable and then feel comfortable in their own skin when they can see how wonderful they are just as they are and not so much as they would like to look like. It’s a fascinating thing. And as I go forward this summer, fall and winter, and capture these precious milestone moments, I will have this at the forefront and will have my eyes and my heart tuned into capturing what is genuine, authentic and inherently beautiful….