My life is overflowing with weddings! Not only do I photograph weddings, I look at them all day long, one of my best friends is planning her wedding and I follow a ridiculous amount of wedding blogs! I have completely unrealist ideas of what my wedding will be like and every time I come home from a wedding I have a dozen OTHER amazing ideas to add to mine. The funny thing about this is that I’m not even engaged, nor do I want to get married anytime soon! There is just something so infectious about weddings: the love, the dress, the flowers, the shoes, the cake, oh yeah and the groom! All elements come together to create something…. magical. I’m a sucker for love and although I’m not the lovey-dove type, I can’t help but swoon when I walk by a wedding dress shop.
From the moment I completed photographing my first wedding, I was in love! I get to be a welcomed fly on the wall for one of the most important days of your life. It’s been years since my first wedding but I still get teary eyed at least once during the ceremony and find myself laughing to the toasts, time and time again. I just can’t get enough of it! Once the wedding is complete the photographs remain, but there are still so many stories, quite moments or hilarious antics throughout the day that don’t always get the explanation they deserve.
So to spice up the blog a bit, I’m going to add a new category Behind the Shot where I occasionally post my favorite photographs, some that have and haven’t been seen, that are just dying for their stories to be told, because there is always more to a photograph than meets the eye!
Take this photograph for example. Laura & Roman were married in a simple but classic backyard ceremony a few years ago. It was one of the first weddings I photographed as the lead photographer and although I was confident in my skills, I was still a bit nervous! Not wanting to miss anything I took about 50 frames of just her shoes! Ironically out of all the photos from that day, this was my favorite and a complete lucky shot! They had just said their “I do’s” and as they walked down the aisle the sun flared my lens just as they looked down at me! I was almost positive that this shot was unusable but low and behold it wasn’t! The shots before and after this were great but for me this was one of those jump up and down moments where for the first time I could clearly see myself as a wedding photographer, with or without a little luck! ;)