This photo is one of my favorites, because it’s so indicative of those moments during a long wedding day where the kids are slightly bored, a little tired and probably ready to be doing something other than dressing up and waiting around for the adults.
It’s also a great example of how I shoot documentary style photos exclusively and never orchestrate or “stage” my pictures, because it has one element that ideally wouldn’t be there - the black object in the foreground on the left side of the frame, which is a stand for a strobe light. On that day I was working alongside another photographer who was in the midst of taking a series of posed family photos. We were indoors, and he needed the strobe flash units, so there it was. The kids were waiting their turn to go and pose for a photo, plopping down on one of the couches until they were called. None of them were paying any attention to me, and I stood only a few feet away as I made the photo. There was no good way to exclude the light stand from the frame, so I just left it in. It was the only option unless I wanted to disrupt the moment by walking over and moving the light six inches to the left. Had I done that, not only would the kids have seen me do it, they would have realized they were now the subjects of a photo and more than likely changed their posture and expressions. The only way to capture a truly genuine moment was to include a decidedly imperfect element.
In my book this is ok, and it’s why I’ll never spend time setting a scene or running through a shot list of group photos at a wedding. If you really want those types of photos, there are many wonderful photographers out there who specialize in posed images. Everyone has different tastes and that’s the beauty of it. My style is for those people who want a truly documentary record of their most important day. My goal is to draw as little attention to myself as possible and capture the essence of your day as unobtrusively and genuinely as possible. If you ‘d like to talk to me about your upcoming wedding or ask any questions about how I work, please contact me. I’d love to hear from you!