It is always the grand images that make the viral world go round. The dramatic gardens, the beautiful play of light and shadow, the backlit drama of a rainstorm at night. Those images and I love to take them, are the WOW shots, the ones that get the clicks and the ones that we call the “money” shots.
They aren’t my favorite moments. They are GREAT moments, but they are not my favorite. My favorite are the quiet moments, the bits of time when whomever I am photographing are able to forget I am there and be in the now, feel what they are feeling. The intimate moments… And I work the hardest to get those moments and deliver them. Tears and something someone called “ugly crying” of which I don’t think exists, and those looks when the world falls away and in the case of a wedding two people feel the love they are celebrating.
Sara and Jeff wanted a private moment, and we took it, away from the bridal party and the planning, I stood and documented as we do the “first look” but then they tucked themselves behind a wall and just spent 20 minutes being together and feeling all the feels they had before they were going to put their game faces back on and celebrate.
I captured it. It was my favorite moment of the day… and then the next day, not even having seen the images Sara and Jeff emailed me and made me cry.
“Please know how very very much we are indebted to you for your amazing work on Saturday. Your ability to guide us in pictures, yet simultaneously give us privacy in that first-look moment was so special. You were amazing with the nephews, grandparents, and that pesky photographer-uncle that probably kept getting in the way of your shots ;) ”
So while I was working to be unseen, and succeeding, they still SAW me and what I take my most pride in. Thank you, Sara and Jeff… I’ll be sharing the whole wedding next week but this moment was special and I’m so glad that I was able to be there but not be there, for it :)