We believe that the mission of a documentary Northern Virginia wedding photographer is to tell your love story with the pictures they take. After all, what is your wedding if not a celebration of that? Naturally, it is also a celebration of a particular moment in time -- the moment when you commit to your future spouse forever.
But at the same time, it is also a celebration of your entire relationship. The part that got you to the altar in the first place, as well as the portion yet to come. It is the reason why your vows might include references to how your relationship blossomed. It is why you might decorate your reception venue with old photos of the two of you together. And the same reason why your maid of honor and best man will use their speeches to tell your guests about watching you fall in love.
In our opinion, the best documentary wedding photographers are those who can communicate both aspects of a marriage celebration in the images they create. THAT they do that is critical. HOW they do that, on the other hand, is a different matter entirely. There are so many different ways in which your wedding photographers can tell your love story with their photos. That is where their particular style and creativity come into play.
One approach that great Northern Virginia wedding photographers can take is to show how your marriage celebrations are part of a broader narrative. They can focus on the relationships that you and your intended have forged with your future in-laws, for example. Those photos will highlight the way that your two families are becoming one larger whole. They hint at the holidays you will all spend together and the important milestones you will celebrate by one another’s sides.
Your wedding photographers can also focus on the other love stories playing out during your marriage celebrations. For example, they can capture the little scenes that are part of the platonic love stories in your life. The bonds you share with your siblings, for example. Or the non-romantic love you have for your closest friends. All of these are important parts of who you are as a person. Which naturally makes them important parts of your relationship. And something your photographer should absolutely capture on film.
Also worth highlighting are the small ways in which the love stories of your guests make appearances during your wedding. Photos of those moments by your wedding photographers can help give your own love story vital context. For example, images of the couples dances that DJs often organize during a wedding reception. You know the ones, right? Where the DJ keeps calling people off the floor based on how long they have been married until only someone’s grandparents are left?
An event like that during a marriage reception gives wedding photographers in Northern Virginia a chance to get photos of other people in love sharing a romantic twirl around the dance floor. We can capture images of your parents sharing a tender moment on a very happy day for them. And we can give you beautiful pictures of your brothers or sisters cuddling with their significant others. We can also produce touching images of your friends celebrating your nuptials by celebrating their own love.
The reason we focus on getting pictures like this during a wedding reception is pretty simple. Even though the people in the images are not the ones getting married, they are still part of the newlyweds’ love story. More importantly, the couple’s nuptials are what is inspiring the loving moments they are sharing on the dance floor. That makes them even more a part of the story of the day. And a part that the telling of the story cannot do without.
This picture is a great example of the kind of image that a Northern Virginia wedding photographer can get during those dance-floor moments. We did not capture it during a couples dance, but instead during the open dance floor portion of the evening at the Woodlands at Algonkian. This couple was tearing it up throughout the night and had emerged as the stars of the show. There was so much excitement and joy in the way that they danced that no one could take their eyes off of them. Our cameras too were drawn to them. And it was good that they were, because we were able to get absolutely stunning pictures of them. Including this one, in which their love for one another is practically exploding out of the image!
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