I know at first glance it looks like I photograph wedding couples and weddings here in NYC and some other cool spots but if you look again at most any of the wedding photos I have here on my site or in my wedding clients’ albums, you’ll see what it is I’m actually photographing when I’m at my client’s weddings.
I’m actually photographing emotions.
I get people caught in the act of being themselves.
I get people showing in their expressions and body language the things they’re feeling deep within the bottom of their hearts.
I get wedding photos that resonate. It’s powerful.
Have you ever looked at a photo of someone you never met but just looking at that photo you can tell exactly what they were feeling?
It’s just like that.
OK, so it’s not the common nondescript “hold-handwritten-sign-toward-camera-while-kissing” or the “stand three feet in front of him and look to your left while he looks to his right” type of stock shot you see replicated by photographers at weddings everywhere.
You have to ask yourself: what is it about my wedding I want to remember? Is it the real life stuff that happens to me? Or is it the make believe junk the photographer wants me to do?
My wedding couples would never, never, ever think of letting their wedding photographer be the person who tells them all sorts of contrived nonsense things they have to do at their own weddings. It would be tantamount to force feeding them trash. They wouldn’t stand for it!
They want to remember everyone and they want to remember how they felt. It’s a simple request but difficult to develop the ability to do. What’s easy to do are stock shots… which is why lots of photographers do it but sorry but stock photos don’t do the job.
It’s actually insulting to even propose that a wedding couple – or anyone – should give up some of their precious life moments to try and create something that, when it comes down to it, is actually something only very, very ordinary.
I mean, c’mon! Imagine you’re at your wedding, hopefully a once in a lifetime event and everyone you love is there and so many real life things can happen to you which any number of them can be photographed so you have them to remember… and along comes your photographer who wants you to take 15 minutes out of your already limited time to have you run and jump in the air several times for a shot that only a hundred seventy five million other people have. Are you kidding me?
The wedding couple’s own lives, their unique moments, their relationships, their true stories, are far more valuable than any manufactured pose any wedding photographer can ever contrive. These are their wedding photos – and they ought to be about the couple. Not the pose.
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