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Deepak & Suzanne – Favorites

Posted April 2nd, 2011 by lance with No Comments

Welcome to the second installment of my new feature, Favorites. As always, I appreciate my former clients willingness to participate, and to put in the time and effort to submit their information for the feature. You can view the first installment of Favorites here, which will explain the concept behind it.

Deepak & Suzanne were married last year on October 9th in a beautiful Hindu ceremony at LaCentre in Westlake, Ohio. You can view my original blog post here.

This time around, the bride and groom couldn’t come to a consensus, so they each picked their own favorite image from the day. Ladies first, we will start with Suzanne’s favorite:

Suzanne’s input: “This is a lovely photograph. It’s my favorite because it captures an important moment in our ceremony as we feed the sacred fire and at the same time reminds me powerfully of how the marriage united us.”

I also really like this image. As soon as I saw them interacting with the flame, I knew I wanted to try and get a closeup of their hands as they reached in together. I quickly put on my telephoto lens and grabbed several frames. I love how this one turned out, and it is certainly one of my favorites from their wedding. To this day I still use it in my slideshow to potential clients, which only includes my absolute favorite images.

Now for Deepak’s favorite:

Deepak’s input: “I chose this image because it is emblematic of our partnership: me grinning impishly and acting as if I know what I’m doing (in this case, ballroom dancing); Suzanne having a laugh while making sure I don’t fall flat on my back. Although this moment occurred in front of a couple hundred people, we felt like we were alone in a cozy little world of our own making, with no place we would rather be.”

I really don’t think I can put it more succinctly than Deepak, what an eloquent description. This image really does seem to capture an intimate moment between the newlyweds in which they haven’t a care in the world except for each other.

Now my favorite:

Deepak & Suzanne had an incredibly busy day, and because we ended up running low on time earlier in the day, we had very little creative portrait time. Thankfully I managed to steal them away for a few minutes during the reception to capture some more intimate portraits of them together. I absolutely love how this shot turned out, and like Suzanne’s favorite image above, this one is still in my slideshow. I especially like the symmetry of this photograph, the way there are two of everything: Two tables, two lamps, two pairs of wall art, and two people in love.

New Feature – Favorites

Posted March 2nd, 2011 by lance with No Comments

I am excited to announce a new feature called ‘Favorites’. I will be asking the couples who’s weddings I photographed to pick their one single favorite image from their day. To go along with it, they will be writing a brief explanation as to why that one image means more to them than any others from the day. I will also be picking my favorite image from the day, which oftentimes will be different from theirs, and I will include a brief explanation as to why that image stood out to me. I think this will be a very unique and enlightening way to see what images stand out to myself, what images stand out to my clients, and why.

The first wedding I’m going to feature is Dean & Colleen’s from October 16th of 2010. They had their ceremony at the beautiful Boardman Park Chapel in Youngstown Ohio. The original blog post for their wedding can be found here.

The image that Dean & Colleen picked was this one:

Dean & Colleen’s explanation: “While the light in the background may not be perfect, and people would likely go with color most times, we went with content. We just felt it was the most natural picture of us, in the moment, one which summed up the feel of the entire day, and one in which we weren’t even aware we were being photographed. While it seems that Dean is uber-conscious of being photographed in most of the images that were meant to be “off the cuff,” this was the most natural.”

I also really like this image, it really is a genuine moment of joy that the two shared during their first dance as husband and wife. I actually prefer black & white for this image, I think it adds to it.

The image I have chosen as my favorite from the day is:

It really was hard to choose, there were a lot of beautiful images from the day featuring the picturesque surroundings of the Chapel but I felt this was a great moment capturing childhood innocence and excitement. This little girl had instructions to walk down the aisle and look cute. She certainly did that, but along the way saw a familiar face in the crowd and ran over to say hi. A minor detour on the way down, with a gentle reminder and lots of laughs from the assembled guests, she was sent off to finish her mission.

That concludes this edition of Favorites, I hope to be posting several more soon so keep checking back.