Welcome to the first post in a new series of blog posts based around individual images. The aim with each ‘What it Means to Me’ post is to share a little insight with you about one image of mine at a time. Each time I’ll be writing just a few words on one of my wedding photographs and what that picture means to me.
Today’s picture comes from a wedding at Manor by the Lake in Cheltenham last year. I actually put the picture on Facebook a little while back but I didn’t really get into what it is about this picture that I love. As a wedding photographer I spend 90% of my time behind the camera capturing ‘candid’ moments; images that are completely unstaged with no input from myself or Mike. I get a great sense of satisfaction from setting up a shot and getting everything just right, but I get just as much enjoyment from taking a photograph of a moment that may have lasted a split second and will never happen again.
Rebecca is our bride in today’s image. We had just finished photographing some ‘posed’ bridal preparation pictures and were ready to head to the ceremony which was taking place just downstairs. Rebecca’s father came to walk her to the ceremony. It can be quite surreal photographing a wedding when you recognise the magnitude of some of the events that take place. This was one of those occasions; it was such a short walk down to the ceremony, but the significance of it was colossal. For those few steps it was just the bride and her father sharing a huge moment in their relationship.