I began posting an image of the week some time ago, then, time got the best of me and I neglected that part of my blog. However, attending to my blog more is near the top of my list of priorities for the coming months. Lets see how that goes….. Thanks for stopping by.
Before my wedding photography career, I was a photojournalist with the Philadelphia Inquirer for 15 years. In 1998, I entered the wonderful, wacky world of weddings, and I haven’t really looked back. Some may believe that wedding photography would be an easy transition after a career in photojournalism. Contrary to that belief, it took some time to adjust. Rather than a goal of just telling a story with an interesting image, my new goal as a wedding photographer was multifaceted. I needed to become a better photographer, not just a photojournalist. I had to become proficient in all areas of the craft- not just photojournalism. I had to learn to make the bride look beautiful, how to make everyone look their best, and still be able to make visually interesting, compelling images that told a story. When it comes to capturing these moments during the wedding day, nobody will ever outwork me. I pride myself on that.
As a wedding photographer today, I do my best to manipulate the scene as little as possible. I may help the light along in a given situation, but I still prefer to allow things to occur organically. I think brides prefer it that way as well. The energy I give for each and every event is spent on anticipating, and reacting to real moments in time. I’d rather wait for the moment, than to make the moment.
Every once in a while, however, a gift is given to us right before our eyes. This image was such a gift. It may not be a stand out image for some, but I really do like it. It hit me square in the face while I was anticipating the beginning of Alison and Matt’s ceremeony. Capturing images like these keep me motivated to continue my pursuit of moments at every event. Everyone is really just doing their own thing, and they’re in their own little worlds, but they’re all there for the same reason. The image was shot a while back at the fantastic Please Touch Museum.