When she called me, Violeta was upset.
Her boss, out of kindness, referred her to a
photo studio (I won’t name it but it was one
of those big name studios), her boss knew a
guy there “he’ll give you a good deal” type
of thing, and because Violeta and Joe are
like you and me (in other words we’re not
Donald Trump) they said okay. But for the
rest of this to make any sense you need to
know this first:
I had photographed their engagement session
and they were going to speak to me about their
wedding photography, naturally. But because
their boss knew someone who’d give them a
good deal they said they couldn’t pass that
up and needed to check it out, as much as
they loved my photos.
And I was sorry to see them go, they being
very sweet people and especially since I knew
that studio wouldn’t do as nice a job for them as
I would, deal or no deal.
Anyway, guess what happened next?
A couple of months go by and all of a sudden I get a
call from Violeta and she’s extremely upset.
Her voice is actually trembling as she’s
speaking to me. Now, I didn’t expect to hear
from her at all, so I’m all, “what’s happened?” and
she tells me they went to the other
photographer and had them do an engagement
session for them too.
They were smart about it because it was one of
those well known name studios
where you don’t know who you’re going to get
or if they’re going to play musical chairs
with what photographer shows up on your
wedding day, and so they wanted to see what
the pictures would come out like and how it
would be working with that photographer.
And, oh boy, that’s where it went terribly wrong.
Turns out the photographer put them into
uncomfortable poses, awkward poses, in fact
at one point she said the photographer had
her do something which made her feel a little
embarrassed, but she’s so sweet she didn’t
want to say anything to the photographer when
he did that.
But of course she’s now afraid of what’s going to
happen, thinking “oh my God, he’s going to make
me feel embarrassed at my own wedding.”
It’s not a good deal if the photos or the
photography experience aren’t all that.
So she was calling me back to meet up and talk about
me doing her wedding photography because she loved
the photos I had taken. And felt perfectly comfortable with
the way I went about things.
I’m designing her wedding album right now. I
don’t want to show you the typical standard
“here’s the gown hanging” “here’s the shoes”
type of photos others tend to show all the time
because you already know those kind of details
are going to be photographed by just about
everyone (though I’m told I do it more creatively
than most) because I really want to share some
key photos that capture this couple’s essence
and romance and unique moments distinctively,
that’s what memories are all about…
Like this one. And in all these photos. Really
observe each image closely, don’t just glance
over them, and you’ll extract the full range of
human emotion from them. Look closely at the
faces in the photos below because that’s where
the story is.
When I was at Joe’s home when he
got ready, there was a card and a note from
Violeta he got:
And the little spontaneous things they did when
they came out of the church
We headed over to the Oyster Bay Planting Fields to
get some portraits by the mansion. Violeta in her gown
was stunning. Classic.
I mean you can sense their feelings for each other.
It emanates from the portrait.
Plus I confess, I aim for a more ethereal feel in portraits.
It comes out artful, poetic. Not the typical snapshot.
Because it’s real, not staged, not posed. (Besides, you can’t pose this kind of stuff!)
I don’t really pose or interrupt anyone for a photo
during the party so everyone’s free to kick back and enjoy and
that way I get real moments with natural reactions.
That’s the idea here:
Sadly, Joe just lost his mom a few years back. He danced
with his sister. It was sentimental. What should have been
a dance with his mom, was now something mixed with
thoughts of her and a touch of sorrow. I think the photos
…and right after that Violeta was back in his
arms. And there was happiness again. And so, life must go on.
We keep going. We grab the moment.
I have to admit it I really, truly from the bottom
of my heart, knowing that other studio, feel that
other photographer would’ve gone for interrupting their
moments with their typical shouts of “hey stop, turn this way,
look at me! Big smiles now! Wait, one more, don’t move!”
And not get any of these real moments to give this sweet couple.
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