Observation is vital when you are a photographer. After all, a wedding photographer's goal is to capture the moments and emotions of the day as they unfold.
When you have taken the time to get to know a couple a bit, you can really capture the moments of the day that are special to them.
By listening to their stories and studying their relationships, you can see the world through a different lens. (and I do not mean my 35mm Z mount lens) Not all couples will even want a picture of the best man looking at the groom, but I knew this couple would, and they did.
I do my best to get to know my clients as much as possible before their wedding day. It was pretty clear that Johnny and his mates were all very close. They had all made the trip from the UK to be at his wedding. After taking a picture of Johnny's reaction to Robyn walking down the aisle, I saw the look on his best man's face and quickly refocused to capture this moment below.
I've heard many great wedding toasts throughout the years. I still, to this day, tear up at weddings. Thank goodness I can hide behind my camera. Some of the best wedding toasts were all by the best man. It is past time that men are allowed to have comfortable and deep friendships without scrutiny. The Ancient Greeks seem to have had it right.
"The love of man to woman is a thing common and, of course, and at first partakes more of instinct and passion than of choice, but true friendship between man and man is infinite and immortal." –Plato