The perfect shot

July 4, 2019

or rather how I got the shot...

This was captured several years ago in the city of Temecula, California. It’s a shot of a bride and her beau in all of his military garb. Perhaps my love of this image has something to do with the grooms Marine attire as my favorite Grandpa was a Marine and I grew up listening to stories about his time serving while living with my Grandma in Camp Pendleton in the 1950s. Or perhaps I love the image simply because it’s crying in nostalgia which I am always a sucker for…

Either way, this is still one of my favorite’s of all of the wedding images I have ever taken. It’s stood the test of time perhaps and I can still remember being there like it was yesterday!

This was an authentic moment – it was a quiet moment where the couple was present with one another – a moment away from the party where they actually were just talking to one another and I just happened to stumble upon them and I carelessly captured this image.

Actually, to tell you the truth that’s not at all how that all played out!

This image was shot on film, and like most weddings, I don’t always have a lot of time to set up the scene to create that perfect authentic moment…I know what you are thinking… I didn’t have the time to “set up” the ideal authentic moment? I think it’s beyond time for you to to know that in my work, as I am sure in many other photographers work you’ve seen over the years – these moments are not always a spontaneous occurrence.

For myself, these types of images have to be planned and are more often than not achieved through a combination of location, the amount of time I have, the timing, and the mood of who I am shooting.

On this day it was a big race! I felt rushed. The couple only had a few more minutes before they had to get back to say their vows. I was given about 10 minutes total alone with them…including a short walk to even get to this location depicted here! But they had a warm attitude towards the process. They had a happy calmness about them that surrounded even me. I really appreciated the good vibes πŸ™‚

Looking back on this image and that day I get really excited because I got the shot I wanted! I got the vibe of that moment and this couple and the feeling of that day – all in that one image. This moment was magical. I can still remember what it felt like at the moment it was taken.

I often get asked why I don’t share more imagery on my website or why I shy away from the wedding blogs and the truth is I see your wedding as personal and unique to just you two. Who you share your imagery with is up to you – not me. Your wedding isn’t just another opportunity to post on the social media platform of my choice.

It’s not just another day another wedding over here… It’s something sacred and the pictures are intimate and personal and should be thought of as such. Shooting a wedding isn’t just another job for me. It’s a form of trust and reverence πŸ™‚

Thank you for looking πŸ™‚

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