Everyone sees something different when they look at a photo. So while I always enjoy the work I create for others, I want to know which photos they love. Often, my favorites and the couple’s favorites are not the same.
That’s why I love this photo of Sarah before the ceremony. It’s not just a portrait of Sarah, but a portrait of the place. It’s a moment between getting ready and seeing her groom, and she’s between the house and the ceremony site itself. The lighting is a little dramatic (which I always like) and genuine; her natural smile and the home make it her—Sarah!—not just “a bride.”
It was Sarah’s favorite too! Here’s why:
“I feel like it perfectly captured our essence on our wedding day! Aaron’s vest is undone in the back because his nephew had been playing with it, I have a loose piece of hair, everything feels natural. We aren’t people who were striving to be a perfected image of a bride and groom on our wedding day, we wanted something real and personal. This moment is us candidly reaching out for one another, creating an intimate space in front of a crowd, connecting with each other in the midst of everything that was happening around us. To me, these gestures, especially in context, are what marriage is all about: subtle but significant reminders that our partner is by our side.”
This one is Aaron’s favorite: “It captured such a beautiful moment. The two of us, happy & calm before the storm in a beautiful setting. It is also a type of moment that I love and appreciate that Sarah & I can have here or there. I’m also a sucker for a good looking black & white photo! – Makes it seem historic in some ways (especially on a historic day). The best part, you captured my wife’s beautiful smile! We were (are) truly happy!”
Sarah couldn’t resist mentioning another photo, “Without even looking through the images, I can say that one of my favorite not entirely wedding-related moments that you captured was our friend’s son balancing on the tent spike. It perfectly captures that moment between childhood curiosity and complete boredom in the company of so many adults. The composition of it was truly artful!”
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