Getting ready has always been one of my favorite parts of the wedding day. The anticipation. The anxiety. All kinds of emotions before seeing your partner, the moment when you promise each other the rest of your lives are about to unfold within just an hour or two. Besides, it also allows me to be fully creative in terms of shooting in a photojournalistic way. Often times I don't interrupt with what the bride, or whoever is in the room, is doing unless I need to position the subject for better lighting. It's a challenge, as the photographer will need to shoot with a specific vision. Hotel rooms are always confined with little walking space; how a photographer is able to see from a unique perspective to document the story is essential to make him/her stand out from the competition. Every shot you take needs to have a purpose and tell a story. What messages and emotions are you trying to convey?
Nothing was staged in this piece. I focused on the wedding dress on the bed as the main subject, while capturing the bride who's changing in the background to create a story. Another important aspect of being a wedding photographer is that you have to make sure everybody, especially the bride, is comfortable being around you. It surprises me sometimes when my bride, like Jana, is able to just start changing in front of me without feeling awkward. And I really appreciate it as I feel like I have become someone trustworthy and an integral part of the wedding day. It allows me to truly capture the emotions like this without any restriction!
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