I gave up weddings in 2009 with much celebration.
There’s an entire list of reasons why me and weddings don’t match.
Despite my strong aversion, I truly thought a family wedding would be different.
And it was 🙂
1. I knew and deeply loved my bride and groom. (My awesome bro and new sister in law!) There was a wonderful relationship of trust and comfort already present which makes interaction and authentic moments easy to obtain.
2. The wedding pictures are more than beautiful. They are actually images that I would print and hang on my walls because we know and love the subjects personally.
3. I knew and loved all the wedding party and guests!
4. The wedding party and guests all knew and loved me!
Which means they loved to talk to me!
Which of course means it surely must be the ideal moment to completely catch up on the long lost tales of our life…
Additionally, my own wild child got to be a featured guest at the party as well…
Which means that all the above factors combined make it EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to actually take a single picture
which means that I just might have TOTALLY MISSED the cake cutting, the bouquet toss, and a majority of candid pictures that could have been awesome and memorable… simply because I wasn’t the stranger dressed in black blending into the crowd that nobody really paid attention to.
Which means that having a second shooter would have been a REALLY GOOD IDEA 🙂
But alas, we live and learn.
Sometimes its even more meaningful to just be present and enjoy whats happening. Though we record amazing moments with our cameras, I find that there are certain times when placing a thick piece of black plastic between my eye and the scene before me– actually removes me from soaking in the moment of what is truly happening.
As with most things, there is a delicate balance. The balance of living and the balance of recording .
Do we know how to tell the difference?
How to you keep that balance?