i shoot most weddings alone.
sometimes i use an assistant and i adore them and appreciate the freedom it gives me but i never fully rely on them. i never trust them to get a shot for me, i shoot every wedding as if i’m the only one there.
a lot people live like that, too. which is why marriage is such a gift. it’s a chance to really trust after a lifetime of watching your own back.
i intentionally relinquished my creative control at neil and deanne’s gorgeous zimbabwean wedding. her brother is another wedding photographer and though he had to be part of the ceremony, he joined me on the portrait shoot and i took the chance to really trust that he would get the shots i missed while i shot what i wanted. we discussed beforehand and i knew he would get the safe shots in the right lighting (he shoots canon!) while i chased flare and fleeting moments. i love close up shots, brightly backlit, laughter and movement. it can be messy and unpredictable but when a shot comes together, my heart stops. i know it’s those types of shots that will tell the story of their love for future generations. and neil and deanne have a beautiful story, i needed to do them justice. i can actually see on her face her adoration and in the way she relaxes into him. and i loved the way he wraps around her, breathing her in.
the zimbabwean sunset gave me everything i needed and more, the rest was up to my newlyweds and us, the team of photographers.