As explained in this post, we're switching up the blog format a little bit.
You generally don't see a lot of detail shots on our blog, not because our weddings don't have good details, nor because we don't shoot them, but because we just find pictures of people so much more compelling. That said, we had to post this great shot Nancy took of the bride's shoes. The striped fabric provides an attention-grabbing background to her shiny shoes.
There are times (and they are many) when the content of a photo trumps other considerations. In this case, I wish the background was a little less cluttered, but Mark's smile and outstretched arms are so expressive, that the background becomes completely inconsequential.
It may be obvious to some that I'm strongly drawn towards minimalism. Minimalism seeks to show the very core or essence of something with as little information as possible. I think that's why I find myself often drawn to this moment that happens countless times at weddings. I'm absolutely fascinated by how much emotion can be displayed while hiding all the facial features we normally take cues from. Everyone can see (or so I hope) Carole's huge smile upon embracing Mark for the first time on their wedding day, and yet we can't see her mouth, or her eyes! That is amazing to me.
I like that the soft light on them in this photo makes them glow - and of course I love Mark's smile. Nice light, a simple background and good moment is all it takes to make a great photo (it sounds so much simpler than it is).
If I could only photograph one moment of a wedding, this would be it. It delivers an amazing photo every time (well, except that one time the videographers decided to simultaneously shoot their front and back while walking down the aisle and denied me any usable shot at all, but I digress). Even the most stoic couple can't contain their joy and excitement as they come back down the aisle. You'll see variations of this shot a fair amount on this blog, but I won't apologize for it. I love it each time I post it because it so vividly encapsulates what I think a wedding is about.
This is a variation of the shot above, taken as they exit the church. I love it for the same reasons as the one above it, but I don't want to have to choose between the two, so I'm not. [4th Presbyterian has the very best and most unique vantage point for me to shoot this from of any church I've shot at].
Seconds after I made the photo above, and almost as if on cue, this CTA bus pulled up on Michigan Avenue in front of 4th Presbyterian Church. WIthout missing a beat, Mark pretends its the ride he's arranged to replace the Rolls Royce (they actually rode away in) and everyone cracks-up. This photo and the one above it also illustrate the breadth of coverage afforded by two photographers. The bus was completely obscuring my view because of the position I had to take to make the photo above. Nancy meanwhile was perfectly situated to capture this great moment. While I'm sure a couple would be happy with either one, I'm very glad we can give the client both and I don't have to choose between the safe shot, or the potentially great shot.
I love how this photo pairs with the one below it. There are the moments like the one pictured above that at least to me, seem pregnant with meaning. Formally, I like that the out of focus table centerpiece balances out the frame, and gives the image a little pop of color without distracting from the most important part of the photo. This sort of separation between the subject and the background is one of the key benefits of the huge lens I shoot with - those that see me with it frequently ask what it does.
I like the quietness of this moment, and the quality of the light as Carole lists to her dad's heartfelt toast (pictured above). The varying degrees of softness in the background elements simultaneously serve to add context to th photo and direct your eyes to what I want to show you in the photo: Carole listening intently to the toast while bathed in beautiful candlelight.
Event Coordinator: Liz from Reva Nathan
Event Designer: Renee from Kehoe Designs
Makeup: Susan from Makeup by She
Ceremony Venue: Fourth Presbyterian Church
Reception Venue: The Peninsula
Musician: Stitely Orchestra