I had the honor to shoot a beautiful Spring wedding over the weekend. Weddings are big days - they are chaotic at times, loud, filled with so many people, and oftentimes stressful. Sometimes even family sessions can be the same - it just really depends on how everyone is feeling that day. At the end of every session (or wedding), I look back on the images from the day and find myself evaluating my performance: Did I offer enough poses? Did we cover everything the client had in mind? Did I follow my inspiration images? Was I good enough?
So anyway, looking back on the images from this wedding day, I couldn't help but think to myself - I wish I had more time for poses with the bride and groom, I wish I had more time for poses with the bridal party, I wish, I wish, I wish. But then something amazing happened. I stopped wishing and I started observing. What I observed was that through all of those thousands of clicks that I had claimed were "no good" there were authentic interactions between people. There were crazy out-of-state aunts laughing their heads off, telling stories of their travels; Bridesmaids taking selfies over and over trying to get that perfect shot; Cousins hugging and laughing; A bride who was filled with so much joy and love that she couldn't keep her eyes dry; and a newlywed couple who were giddy just looking at one another.
What I'm realizing is that it isn't the poses that make me love photography so much. It's those images that are captured between the poses. The ones that no one realized I was taking - sometimes I didn't even realize myself. I can't wait to dive further into the photos from this wedding - I just know there are so many gems in there that the bride and groom will cherish forever. I couldn't be happier to be the one to hand these memories over to them.
Here's to less worrying, more fun, and the reminder that, as always, with a little light and a lots of love, everything will turn out just fine.