While shooting a myriad of photo’s of a friends beautiful daughter I kept finding myself coming back to one that wasn’t technically perfect. Was it Maddy’s beautiful face? Her cheeky smile or was it the essence of a moment of fun caught in her eyes? To me the motion blur adds to this whole look. Proving that it was on the fly and just a very natural moment caught on camera.
In spite of all the planning, the lists, the check lists, the check check lists … weddings are usually a hectic day. A series of appointments, requirements and countless conversations with guests. Over and above all the hub bub and gaiety are the photographs – the professional photographer – the guests and their cameras – and these days even the Bride and Groom with the ever present camera phones. I love weddings – I love the preparation, I love the hustle and bustle and I really love when you find those hidden moments – the few minutes of calm in the storm. In March I was attending a wedding of an old, revered friend. The Groom. I loved watching that ceremony – formally announcing to all friends and loved ones that he had chosen his partner to stand beside him for the rest of his life. Even better – I couldn’t have found a better woman for him to choose. This particular photo was taken in one of those few minutes of serenity – between the signing of the marriage certificate and rushing off to get professional photo’s done and begin the reception.
Even in just a picture of their hands I think you can actually see that small *sigh* of relief that it was ‘done’ – they were together.
Africa – land of contrasts. Wealth, poverty. Green grass and Desert. Hope and despair.
The golden sunsets that lit up the sky were intense. The colours so strong that at times it almost painful for your eyes to take them in… indeed it almost hurt your soul to experience it. You would stand in complete awe at the display of beauty rolled out every afternoon in a land that held a multitude of hardship and ugly. Contrasts…