Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I’ve been photographing Jewish weddings and events for 20 years, first as a staff photographer for the Jewish Times in Baltimore, and later as a freelance wedding photographer. However, it has only been in the last few years that I started shooting a lot of Orthodox Jewish weddings.
My friend Michael Temchine, an experienced Orthodox wedding photographer, introduced me to the world, patiently describing how things worked and explaining all the new terminology like “chossen,” “kallah,” “tisch,” “bedecken” and “sheva berachot.”
I found Jennifer and Chaim because Jennifer is Michael’s sister, so I have known her and her family for years. I was honored that they asked me to photograph the wedding, and I had a wonderful time photographing all the familiar faces on Jen’s side, and meeting Chaim and his wonderful group of family and friends.
A dominant feature of the Orthodox wedding for me is the intensity of emotion. Its crazy, emotional, joyous -- just incredibly alive! As a photographer I've always felt really accepted at these weddings. Everyone supports your efforts to document the happy day and makes space for you in the crazy dance circles. At Jen and Chaim's wedding, having known Jen and her family for years, I even found myself getting a little "verklempt"!
These beautiful photos by Mary Gardella, my friend and second shooter for this event.
Photo by Mary Gardella.