Saturday, April 26, 2008
Wedding photography again
On the swings. Click on the image to see a larger version.
The radiant bride. Click on the image to see a larger version.
I had stopped shooting weddings and now I'm back at it again. Never say never again.
There's something really wonderful about sharing these life changing precious moments with people. In a way its a gift to be able to record and document the couple's special day.
And then when you deliver the wedding book and see everyone in the family pouring over the over it, tears of emotion and joy in their eyes and they want to give you hug - what more reward do you need for your work.
As wedding photographers the images we produce become part of family history. In the same way that you and I look back at photographs of our grandparents and great grandparents, in generations to come people will look at our wedding pictures and wonder about the people in them. The photographer will be long forgotten but our images will continue to touch and intrigue.
Wedding photographers have an awesome responsibility. We have to capture the spirit of the day in a modern exciting way that suits the style of the couple and yet has the gravitas to stand the test of time. Our images have to be authentic and meaningful as well as creative, exciting and interesting.
We combine studio lighting techniques with on the spot photojournalism, portraiture and we apply the creativity of an advertising photographer, and there's absolutely zero chance of doing a re-shoot. It's high pressure, its exciting and it genuinely affects peoples lives.
I'm looking forward to the next one.