At first glance, this photo might be a little confusing. Why is the bride’s face not visible? Why is everything but her hand out of focus? Welcome to the world of true documentary photography, where so-called “detail shots” are taken, not by showing a photo of two rings in a box in good light, or by making photos of a wedding dress hanging on a tree or in an ornate lobby, but by highlighting the details throughout the day during authentic moments, with no interference or direction from me at all. In my mind, traditional detail shots are often a bit strange. I mean, do you really need a shot of a wedding dress hanging from a chandelier or a tree? Wouldn’t it be nicer to get a shot of the dress with the bride in it, while she is walking down the aisle or greeting guests? Do you really need a photo of rings on a pillow or in a box, when they will be worn by the couple starting during the ceremony and for the rest of their lives together?
This photo (as I hope you may have discerned by now) is not about the dress, but the ring and the marriage contract - both key aspects of any Jewish ceremony. In this case, the ceremony has just ended and the bride is being congratulated by one of her sisters, but the focus is on her hand holding the contract and ring on her index finger. Everything else is intentionally left slightly out of focus and in the background, but the surroundings are vital to the shot, because they show what is happening in the moment the photo was made.
Chances are that when you look back on your wedding day years down the road, a shot of your ring on a pillow won’t move you, but a shot taken moments after your ceremony, surrounded by family and friends? That will be a memory you’ll relish reliving, with the help of true documentary images.
It all comes down to this: Would you rather have a wedding album filled with images created by a photographer, or images created organically throughout the day and captured by the photographer? If you prefer the latter, you’ve come to the right place! Feel free to contact me to discuss your upcoming wedding!