Tuesday, June 11, 2013
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
One thing I love about photography is that it forces you to pay close attention to what is going on around you—and get out of your own head (always healthy I think, especially for those of us like me who are a bit introverted by nature).
Particularly when you are photographing people, you have to pay attention to the way people interact, notice their subtle facial expressions, and anticipate everything from when someone is going to laugh at a joke to which side someone goes to when they hug. All of these help the photographer capture moments. (Contrary to popular belief, we don’t capture moments because we have faster cameras, but because we make educated guesses as to when and where something is going to happen, and then get there first).
All this in mind, Keira and Jonathan’s wedding was a pleasure to observe, and to photograph, because everything I was seeing through my viewfinder was so wonderful: the way Jonathan seemed to glow and relax when Keira stood close, the way Keira’s lips trembled during the ceremony as she tried to contain happy tears, or the same big, happy smile that I saw on Keira, her father and her grandmother! (Perhaps scientists will one day discover the big happy smile gene in our DNA).
The wedding was at Liriodendron, a beautiful old mansion in Bel Air, Maryland that was once the summer home of the founder of Johns Hopkins hospital. Keira and Jonathan had their ceremony on the back lawn, after which we wandered around the grounds for some portraits (it was late in the day so the light was spectacular). The reception was held in the charming old mansion and on the back porch, covered with a natural awning of wisteria vine.
But I’ll stop talking now and let the photographs tell the story of a beautiful event.
A moment of quiet meditation before the ceremony.
I love the little yellow bandaid on the flower girl's knee.
Trying to hold back tears of joy.
Keira dances with her dad.
The Naty Boh wedding cake (its a Baltimore thing, hon).