About a month ago, when I was working withPretty Lovely Designon my new blog design I was searching endlessly for a quote that would best describe my philosophies as a documentary photographer, or ‘wedding photojournalist’.
And then it came so simply to me. I came across a line from one of the greatest documentary photographers in modern history, Arthur Fellig aka ‘Weeegee’. He said:
“When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laughter and tears, you will know you are on the right track”.
The second I read this I knew that this was my way to share my passion for photographing weddings. My clients don’t see me much during their wedding day (unless we’re working on family portraits). They might catch a glimpse of my slithering in and out of scenes and moments but they don’t see the tears that well up in my eyes, or the laughter that blends in with their loved ones’, or even the beat of their music that I’m moving to while I shoot. But it’s all those elements of the day I love so much that enable to me to put myself into their shoes and capture the day as they experience it, and even as I write this I’m feeling the very same sensation I get when I know ‘I got the shot’.
The secret to capturing ‘moments’ is compassion. Anyone can pick up a camera and learn how to use it. I’ve been making photographs since I was a teenager, but it was only when I really learned my personal strengths through my documentary work, educational projects and my first weddings, that I realized where the gift that I can give really lies.
The greatest joy I receive when I deliver images is hearing the words ‘when I look at these I can feel how I felt on my wedding day’.
This is why I photograph weddings.