These are our picks for the Top 20 images from the year; as I said in my previous post, we have favorites from every single wedding. We wanted to showcase images that stood out to us on a technical, photographic level. Under each image is a caption for why we chose it. Enjoy!
I shot this in a doorway, and the effect of the light is ethereal, and almost timeless; it anticipates what is to come in just a few moments.
Her expression and the composition of this shot with the veil spanning the width of the photo give a full sense of what that moment was like.
(This photo actually won seventh in the most recent WPJA International photo contest.)
This is a shot of the guys at Melanie and Emiliano's wedding in Argentina preparing the parillada; Dave captured this image, and the first time I saw it I was instantly reminded of the Baroque painter Caravaggio. The painterly lighting is what reminds us both so much of Caravaggio.
The framing of Nora's face in the car window, the back of the chauffeur, and her brother behind her as she enters the car make for an exquisite composition.
Dave and I could not agree on which of these two to chose. I prefer the first one, because it is in my opinion more dramatic, and I love that the shot is taken just as she is walking into the patch of light. Dave prefers the second one because of the color that breaks up the black and white as well as the clean lines in the image. Both images present a unique perspective of the bride on her wedding day.
I love the anticipation of this image evidenced by the groom's stance and the door just drawing to a close.
The dramatic light and clean composition give this image an old time romantic feel.
This moment happens at most weddings but this image is so unique because it captures a small detail of a short moment; the light is just right, and just enough is visible to suggest a very tender moment between the bride and groom.
We chose this image because of its humor; I'm not sure what happened but it resulted in our funniest ceremony picture.
The layers of this image make it unique while conveying very successfully the most beautiful part of the ceremony.
This image is framed exquisitely and shows very well the sheer joy of three parents.
The single tree on the left and the dancing couple on top of the hill make this a unique image.
There is no reason that you have to take your formal photos in a straight line; this is our favorite formal from the year, because it looks like it could be a fashion spread in Vogue. We took our inspiration for this from Annie Leibovitz.
The movement in this photo is what makes it great; the swaying trees and the biker contrast with a waiting groom.
The bride's dramatic stance, the veil and dress blowing behind her in the wind coupled with a European-like back-drop create what looks like a fashion image but is simply a happy bride on her wedding day.
This dimly lit image image shows just enough - the groom's loving face and the vague sense of people below watching them dance their first dance; it makes you feel very much that you are in their world at that moment.
This is a perfect silhouette and as such is an intimate portrayal of a couple's first dance.
The backdrop of the San Francisco city hills, the power lines criss-crossing across the frame, and two people hand in hand in love . . . the composition is delightful.
If you got this far, thanks for reading, and we hope you enjoyed these images!
-Nancy and Dave