Following on the mini series of short videos about wedding photography technique, today I’m offering some insights on this particular image taken at a wedding a few months ago.
Today is the 8th of March, International Women’s Day, and on this occasion I wanted to present a photograph that I think depicts a lot of feminine virtues. Far from being a fashionable image, the glossy magazine type, about ‘your most beautiful day’ or ‘the coolest day of your life’. It certainly is not an image that indulges on supermodel brides and grooms or on some most exclusive wedding venue. Rather, I see it as a picture that’s full of humanity, that tells one of the many stories that make a wedding day.
Wedding photography today is a genre that has quite some following, for sure a lot more than it used to be in the past. Which is a good thing, as it increases the perception that customers have of our work as wedding photographers and at the same time it pushes the overall quality of wedding photography upwards. Still, wedding photography is a genre that covers many different styles and many different photographic languages. It’s a big box that contains a bit of everything in this respect, where I see in general more conformism than I like and often a dash of hedonism. Instead, I am personally more interested in the human side of things, the everyday dimension of people. Not because I consider the extraordinary inhuman, but because I find that depicting normality – even within an extraordinary event – does better justice to people as such and as subjects of my photographs.
Mind you, I’m not taking this as an arbitrary position in a premeditated way, rather this is simply the way I am and this way of looking at things is what interests me spontaneously. Like everyone else, the way I am is the way I photograph.
If you have a minute to spare, you may want to have a look at the short video below.