Imagine yourself sitting on a bench in a cathedral with ceilings mimicking Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The row you are in is encompassed with massive white flower arrangements, sending smells of lavender through the air. Soft melodic hymns play in the background creating an atmosphere of love. You start to notice tears developing on your lower lash line about to fold your cheeks and soon start to graze the corner of your lips where that salty sweet taste will rest. The woman in white glances your way, she meets your eyes with an innocent yet nervous devilish smile. In this moment, you see a flash of light illuminating the brides face then you hear the shuttering of a camera.
Now imagine being the eyes behind the camera that must stay focused on the of the beauty of this day. What a heavy weight to carry. A photographer has the duty to capture every intense, captivating, hauntingly beautiful moment that weddings are. From the serenity of a young bride matched with the love of her bridesmaids to the anxious, nervous groom who showed up a mere 30 minutes before the wedding reeking of alcohol and shaky with every step. However, let’s not forget the in-law, who are both enriched with happiness yet disgusted by the matrimony that will take place in mere minutes. No to mention having to catch these emotions on camera while convincing everyone that the stress of their wedding is an adrenaline rush for you.
Photography is not what it seems. When a photographer looks through the lens of a camera, they are in an alternate universe which captures both subjects and emotions at different angles, times and overall moments. To most people the service photographers produce is pictures, but what is not understood is the dynamics that one snap shot can represent. Despite all the beauty that photographs show, the image on paper is not always a manifestation of reality. The hardest thing to reconcile as a photographer is to capture people the way they want to see themselves, from their relationship, to the planning they’ve done, to the way they perceive themselves. Photographers have the duty of making everything look like a false realty. Weddings, more specifically brides want to feel editorialized. Everyone has the ability to transform themselves through photography.
A photographer must be able to shoot every angle of the shifts in time and personalities to allow each subject to fluently evolve to the person or shall we say alter ego they desire to appear as on paper. Photographers essentially configure miracles with a tiny chip and a few shutters of a lens, the world becomes that much better after it is captured through the eyes of a photographer. Which is why weddings are fantasized about from ages 2 to 92. People have been gazing at the marvels of weddings for years, due to the work produced by photographers who have been able to manipulate the perception of what is really going on.
Capturing weddings is merely one branch of photography, there are millions of subjects to shoot, capture and study. What so many people see as a just a photo is a story for so many others to relive. The best part about shooting weddings is being someone invited in to a new world and learning about each person, their families, how they met and to see something new flourish though something as small and ornate as a camera. Photography doesn’t have to be expensive or done with a million dollar camera, but it does have to be genuine and open to telling each person’s story one snap shot at a time.