18 Mar 2015
Wedding Photography - An Archive
I really believe in the importance of a
photograph. I mean I know I’m a photographer and that might be stating the
obvious - if I didn’t believe that I’d be in the wrong business!
As a wedding photographer I truly believe
that I am beginning an archive for a couple, on the first day as man and wife -
an archive that will stay with them until they grow old together, as they set
off on a new life together.
Recently I’ve been restoring a large number
of my family photos from the 1900s and it really has brought it home to me the
significance of the photograph in my family’s history. A family album did and
still remains an archive. I treasure my old family album and I hope my clients
will go on to treasure theirs too. During the process I have restored this
lovely shot of my Mam on her wedding day in Galway. What a dress - I love it!
I think of wedding photography as the
beginning of my relationship with a couple. My hope is that our professional
relationship can carry on after their wedding, and I can archive more of life’s
major events for them, that they’ll be proud to keep. It’s as much about the
family and friends and the day the couple will spend celebrating with them. I
recently shot a wedding where the bride wanted to recreate the wedding portrait
her parents had in a forest near their home. It was so meaningful to her and I
really felt the emotion of the moment as we set up the shot on her own wedding
day. What a lovely idea!
Times are different now; we don’t have the
luxury of spending all the time in the world with our loved ones. We don’t
necessarily live near them or on the same continent as them! I recently shot a
wedding for a couple that has been forced to live in different countries. Sadly
the groom had to leave a couple of weeks after the day, and I worked really
hard to process all their photos on time for them, so they could spend their
last weekend together looking at them and reliving the memorable day. This is
what makes wedding photography special. You really have the power to affect
people’s lives in a positive way, and it’s such a privilege.