There’s a common belief that our loved ones sometimes visit us as butterflies after they pass away. When she photographed a wedding a few weeks ago, Jessica Manns captured the moments when butterflies were released to honor the groom’s late sister. However, instead of flying off, they stayed around during the entire ceremony. Jessica captured the scenes so moving that I doubt it will leave you without tears in your eyes.
Love and family should be appreciated and celebrated on any occasion, and Abigail Lydick of Abigail Gingerale Photography has found a magnificent way to do it. She organized a surprise photo shoot for her grandparents’ 60 wedding anniversary. The photos are truly heartwarming, and Abigail was kind enough to share them with DIYP, along with some backstory.
I have seen so many posts across various websites and facebook groups this week all centred around one theme – wedding photography. Wedding season is well and truly upon us and I guess that everyone who’s getting married this summer has already booked their photographer. But their guests who are getting married next year or the year after? They’re the ones probably starting to think about who’s going to photograph their big day. And it’s a huge decision to make.
From time to time, we hear stories about unprofessional wedding photographers who turn a wonderful day into a disaster. A bride from Tulsa, Natalie Barney, had this experience on her wedding day. She has shared her “horror story” and wants to warn all couples to choose their wedding photographer wisely.
Someone’s wedding day is one of the most important days in a person’s life. This entire day is one big and beautiful story, and it’s your task to tell it with images. In this video from B&H, wedding and portrait photographer Cliff Mautner shares five quick but powerful tips for telling a story with your wedding photos.
In recent years I’ve been privileged to be on the jury for a whole range of photography competitions. These include single image competitions such as WPS International Excellence Awards, Masters of Wedding Photography and the Irish wedding photography awards (In association with Learning to Fly). And with a different focus, I’ve judged a couple of competitions which require a series of images to be submitted forming a documentary narrative. Thes were MyWed Nikon Wedding Photographer of the Year and This is Reportage Awards. I’ll create a separate blog post with my thoughts about judging these competitions and what I learned along the way. This post is really about competitions in general and why photographers should be entering them. And no, they aren’t fixed. They are just subjective (IMHO, please don’t shoot me!).
I have a deep respect for photographers who will go an extra mile to make their clients happy. Australian photographer James Day did exactly this for a couple whose wedding he recently captured. Along with videographers Shaun and TJ of Lemon Tree Film House, James photographed the wedding of Steph and Rob. Unfortunately, Steph is completely blind, but James had a special multi-sensory album made for her so she can remember her big day. He shared with us some details of the wedding day and how he and his team made it more memorable for the bride, but also for everyone else.
In the era where even your granny has a smartphone, wedding guests often get in the way of paid photographers and ruin their once-in-a-lifetime shots. When this happened to wedding photographer Ashley Easterling, she did what she had to do. She roughly pushed the bride’s stepmom to the side so that she could capture photos of the couple’s first kiss as husband and wife. The moment was caught on video, which quickly went viral and generated lots of comments.
Joanne ‘Jojo’ Capestro managed to escape the World Trade Center’s North Tower on 11 September 2001, leaving the building only moments before it collapsed. While she was shocked and covered in thick white dust, photographer Phil Penman captured her in a powerful, heart-wrenching image. But 17 years later, the same photographer was there to witness a joyous event in Capestro’s life – the day when she married a love of her life.