Oh man, this is the big day. It’s about to happen, it’s about to go down and you’re about to make the biggest decision in your life. You’re about to marry someone you love and that’s what happiness is all about.
Believe it or not, this was a candid moment. Sort of. @_kimw_ walked out in front of me adjusting her veil, while @slackinhigh picked it up behind me to fluff it. As you can imagine, I asked him to keep holding it up like this and gave her a few other cues to capture this gorgeous scene, but this first frame is still my favorite. Our photography style is a constant balance of being ready for candid moments, but also directing scenes and watching for all the details, like where the light hits, how the groom prefers to reach out for his bride, what direction the wind is coming from, and which “poses” help them relax. For me, the best photo is not necessarily a 100% candid moment that I happen to just stumble upon, but actually a moment that I helped facilitate by finding perfect light and framing, then capturing my subject being themselves within the gorgeous conditions. You see, I didn’t just walk by this net and see a cool bride and take her photo. So much went into this moment, from my relationship with her building over months, overcoming my own fears of being suspended 400 feet above the desert, getting to know the amazing people involved in this wedding day, building my own skills so much so that she chose to hire me despite multiple photographers offering to shoot her wedding for free, studying how sunlight looks at every minute in this crazy desert, becoming familiar with this setting and this specific canyon, learning how to create a beautiful image and so much more…you see, in my opinion, I’m not a good photographer because I just stumble on good moments, I’m a great photographer because I work years to create them.