Wedding photography does not consist of just taking photographs of the gorgeous dress, the flowers, or the venue. It is more than just posing the couple in front of the ceremony door and saying “Smile, ready? Cheese!”. Those candid moments are the real heroes for any wedding photographer.
Wedding photography is about capturing the emotion of the day. It is about making those sweet moments that happen only once in a lifetime, live forever in an image. A photograph can hold so much raw feeling in one still frame, and that is what we strive to capture as wedding photographers.
Some of my favorite images from a wedding day are the candid, in-between moments. Those photos that have captured a stolen glance by the bride at the groom in the chaos of the day, or the kid in the wedding party who decides to break out in dance during the formal portraits, or the groom holding grandma’s hand as she greets him before he walks down the aisle and sees his bride. These photos of pure love and joy are what spark inspiration inside me and make me fall in love what I do over and over again, year after year.
No wedding is ever the same, either. Even if I’ve photographed a gazillion weddings at the same venue, the people make all the difference in the day. I love photographing the relationships between those people and how they show love with one another. While we ooh and awe over a beautiful portrait of a bride and groom, the really beautiful moments happen in the between parts of the day and those are what truly make up a wedding day.
As we start our 2019 wedding season, I feel myself getting so excited in anticipation for the brides and grooms we are photographing this year. It’s going to be an incredible year, and I cannot wait to see what little candid moments unfold in front of our cameras to help us tell a memorable story for each of them!