When this amazing couple told us they wanted their engagement session at the Lincoln Memorial on a sunny Saturday, and also that they want big structural shots, we knew we were going to face some challenges. Living in the Washington DC area for over 20 years we know its a popular tourist site, meaning there's always a million and one people at the site especially on weekends. Also that there are a million and one pictures of people who have captured the memorial in every way possible. Nonetheless we accepted the challenge and immediately started brainstorming, but when the day arrived, as anticipated, it was jam packed with people. We knew immediately that we wanted to capture them in a way that made it seem as though they had the entire Lincoln memorial to themselves that day. Which thankfully, the extremely large pillars helped us achieve this by hiding the multitude of people who constantly walked in and out of our shots. Either way, we had such a fun with this couple that day and enjoyed being their storytellers.
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when Karin & Eran came to me for an engagement session and asked me to find them a spot in the nature, i just knew that this place that i have been there once is the perfect place for the photo i wanted. The magical spot and the perfect light helped me to accomplish my vision.
This was taken during the wedding of Siné and Kiran at the Essex wedding venue Parklands Quendon Hall last May, I had noticed the fields of rapaseed as I arrived in the morning and knew that I just had to take the couple back there during their portrait session. I absolutely adore this photograph, the emotional connection between them both to me is perfect!
This was a Sikh Wedding in Toronto Canada and Vikas (the groom) had surprised his bride, Bharvi, with a vintage Bentley to pick them up after their wedding ceremony. We went to the Humber Arboretum in Toronto for their post-ceremony photo session, and the classic car was the perfect pairing for their old school type of love.
Right before this image was taken, we took some pics while I was in the backseat and they were in the front seats. I loved how the vintage interior was, and I noticed how the front seats were curved and almost created a wave like line, leading up to the front passenger window. While I remained seated in the backseat, I directed them to go right outside that window, and we took a series of shots with both them and the interior of the car in the frame. Some with them just looking at each other, and then this one with them going in for a kiss. I love moments right before the touch of the kiss, as I was able to capture in this one! Thanks so much for selecting this image for the 16th Collection!
This shot was taken a couple of hours after the ceremony. We were at Suomenlinna. This is a little island in Finland. A truly beautiful island. The weather was cold, cloudy and a little windy, but suddenly the sun came to us and offered truly beautiful light and of course, the bride was wonderful. I love these moments.
This picture was taken after a wedding in the wedding hall.
My main focus was to get a picture that tells a story to commemorate the beautiful Indian traditional wedding.
The Elephant God statue is just not to create a picture, it is to create a divine feeling of the picture..
Thanks Judges for the award and congratulations to all the great entries.
It is definitely the best motivation to my career progression..
The story behind the shot:
Most of my best ideas I come up with in the middle of the night. Sadly for my husband, I wake him up a lot screaming with excitement. This was one of those nights.
Having lived in Oregon for several years where growing cranberries are a big part of life, I remembered the Oceanspray cranberry commercial were the farmers stood in the bogs pitchfork in hand frowning. I knew I had to recreate it with a bride and groom!
During Marla and Terris intimate day at Island Home greenhouse , I spotted a pitchfork and shovel. This was it! This was my opportunity to get the shot! There was an area beside the greenhouse that had potted plants for sale. I placed them in the middle of the plants, and shot low as if they were standing in a field of flowers. It turned out to be my favorite shot of the day!
Kudos to all who's creativity impacted this day!
Venue: Island Home & Little Basin Villas
Bride & Groom: Marla Weaver & Terri Bazley
Hair and make up : Renae Palmer of Ciao Bella Salon & Spa in Islamorada
Flowers and wearable floral art : Stylish Stems
Dress and hair jewelry: Island Bridal
Lace wedding boots: House of Elliot Collection
Cake: Maggies Bakery
Invitations & More:Jenifer Barfield
Co - stylists: Key Destination Weddings and Events, & Stacia Morgan Photography
❤️ Dream big dreams!
The shoot was over, as the sun disappeared behind clouds and we decided to call it a day, heading back to parking. Suddenly, when we were passing by this area (where we already been shooting an hour before) the real magic started to happen, as the sun appeared for few more seconds, before finally setting for good.
The hill, the sea behind, the perfect couple. I told them to climb to the top of a small hill and forget about me...simply enjoy each other. It's times like this that I get lost in a photo and truly feel the love radiating from them and it reminds me why I love what I do so much and feel very blessed indeed.
The heavens let loose during the reception so I created this shot in the corner of the barn. The couple had a lot of sunflowers incorporated throughout their day so I used a yellow gel to create the bold colors and tell the story of their day a bit more.
Shot at Buxted Park Hotel Inn Sussex. I used the already existing fairy lights in a corridor, turned off the lights and silhouetted the couple against my LED video light. Then used a small glass mirror ball to reflect the lights on the left. In Photoshop created a dual layer and flipped the image, erasing certain parts.
Shooting traditional Indian weddings is always incredible, the wide array of vibrant colour and fantastic dancing make for some great photo opportunities! I used off camera flashes here to freeze the partiers while using a slow shutter speed to pick the natural light blurring colors and lights!
Renae & Jess were married on a beautiful overcast fall day and to make their photos extra special and unique, they brought a canoe out to the lake that they were getting married! We had so much fun trying to get this shot and the mood and lighting was fantastic! Just like something out of a romance novel.
one thing that I'm waiting for in a winter wedding is a bit of rain :)
The bride talked to me couple of days before the wedding and she asked what we will do with the photoshoot if it's going to rain...
I new that it's gonna rain and told her to don't worry....
rain is an opportunity for doing magic :)
Many times, photos like this have to be made to happen. We suggest to Sasha and her bridesmaids that at the moment of opening the bottle shaken it strong enough to achieve a splash, at the end no hairstyle was affected in the shot, thank you Sasha and her bridesmaids for trust in our vision and creativity.
Magical photo at the 'Magic Point'.
Located in a beautiful and mystical point next to the Atlantic Ocean coast, in the south of Spain, a few miles from where the legend says that Hercules held his columns.
Shot on an autumn rainy day, a couple hours after the ceremony, with nearly no natural light and only supported by flash lighting outside the camera, on its right.
No tricks, no treats, just a kiss among raindrops!
Really love this picture!
I loved the rugged waterfront setting, the beautiful couple's intrepid manner - she barefoot - and the veil blowing in the wind to embrace him.
The scene strikes me as a poignant metaphor for embarking on marriage -
it’s not only life’s beautiful moments that get us through, but how we support each other when the path turns rocky!
The incomparable venue: American Yacht Club, Rye, New York
I am always looking for a something different for my clients. Instead of just having the couple be photographed in typical celebration, as they leave the building (in this case San Francisco City Hall). I thought I would take a reverse approach and backlight them in semi-silhouette, but ensure there is light on their faces to reveal their obvious passion. Once I have a vision I keep at it. This is probably the 10th attempt at this shot and I finally achieved what I set out to do.
I always like to give a finematographic touch to my special weddings, in this case Omar and Sonia lovers of the genre wanted to realize their session of the (Old Western) in the old scenarios of Almeria Spain where they filmed films like "For a handful of dollars"
How many people can you fit underneath a veil? In this instance 4: a stunning bride and groom, the photographer, and a maid of honour literally holding down the "fort." We were doing bridal portraits when Terren's veil took off in the wind. I pulled it over her and we invited Sheldon in for a quick cuddle. They fell into this moment naturally.
Havana is like stepping back in to the 19th Century and where the it hasn't quite caught up to the 21st. With its decorative architecture, weathered patina colors, marbled entrances, it was our inspiration for this image. Carla lit by candle light, is seated on one for the many marble staircases found throughout Havana. Image taken with my Pentax 645n with Fuji 400h film.
Haley-Kate and Rafael's engagement session began at the Georgia Aquarium where this soccer player had proposed to his Atlanta Falcon cheerleader girlfriend. It wasn't long before the clouds began rolling in and just as they were finishing volleying his soccer ball back and forth, the thunder made its presence known. Nothing could stop these two from enjoying every last minute of their afternoon together though and this steamy shot was the result!
Completely in love with Gosia and Conrad as a couple. They had their sights set on their couple shots showcasing lots of London landmarks, but that would not be achievable time wise around central london between their ceremony and Dinner. As they really wanted these location, they ended up splitting their day over two days. This was the getting ready, ceremony and dinner on one weekend and a few weekends later we set to doing their couple shots, with a 4am start for Sunrise. But completely worth it.
Beauty in women takes on many levels, one is the beauty of care & compassion...our bride Ghalia had her first experience riding a horse, and what i love about this photo is the moment when you see a new friendship being born! Congratulations to Ghalia & Mustafa
Beam me up Scotty!
The first thing a close friend said to me when he saw this picture was;
David, did you actually take this picture on board of the Starship Enterprise?
Well it’s fair to say this friend of mine has a special kind of humor, but when you look at this picture for the first time and with a fresh pair of eyes you could say it actually does have “A space Odyssey 2010” look, to it.
Anyway this picture was taking just minutes before the bride and groom took their wedding vows, and I just can’t stop thinking how peaceful and lovely they look in this image. True love does exist, when you look at these two love birds.
Arisha and Jason are getting married this year and I am so honored to be their photographer! We went out to do a little engagement session downtown and were near our city's outdoor skating rink. They always keep a bonfire going in the evening, so with a little help from Jason we got the fire going enough to get this warm and cozy shot of them staying warm together.
Alison and Joseph held their wedding at Devonshire Terrace in London last May and during their portrait session we visited the nearby Leadenhall Market to capture this photograph. Leadenhall Market is one of my favourite places to go to in London especially on a weekend when its pretty much deserted, I wanted one image where it captured the love between my couple and also maximise the architectural splendor of the location.
A little crazy thing called love
Well I guess there’s nothing really much to say about this picture, except for the fact that we all had great laughs taking/making it. Off course we had several practice runs before taking the actual picture, and believe me we never stopped laughing not even for a minute. I think we're all going to remember this actual moment for a really long time. I don’t really know why but I think I’m gonna call this one “A little crazy thing called love!” ,...it just feels right! :-)
A December wedding last year saw me shooting a wedding at Brooklands Museum. A really unusual setting of planes and cars as well as Concorde. The couple chose to actually have two ceremonies in the day, one non legal for all of the wedding party and one legal on Concorde itself as this only fits a certain number of people.
Due to it being December and the timings of two ceremonies, we did not have a lot of time for the couple shots and group shots before we started loosing the light. But on the way through to the next location, we were able to just get the sunset going down through the wheels of Concorde.