One of the top things about being wedding photographers in DC is the impact we have on the people we take pictures for. We get to preserve your happiest memories from one of the biggest days of your life. We create images that will remind you and your future spouse of all the emotions you will have felt during your marriage celebrations. Top DC wedding photographers have the privilege of taking pictures that you will be able to show your children and children’s children. There are not that many professions out there that allow you to touch the lives of people in such meaningful ways.
With that in mind, our main focus when photographing your wedding is going to be you. You and your future spouse are the two people getting married, after all! It is your day! So naturally, top DC wedding photographers are going to spend a lot of time with their cameras pointed at you. We will take care to ensure that your couples portraits look the way you always dreamed they would.
However, preserving memories of your nuptials requires more than that. Top DC wedding photographers have to point their cameras at more than just you posing for couples portraits. Especially those who approach their craft the way that we do. We are documentary wedding photographers, which means that we try to tell the story of your day with our pictures. More than that, we strive to tell the story of your relationship and what brought you to your marriage celebration in the first place.
That means we will also be capturing images of everything else that happens at your wedding. Your mother shedding a tear when the rings are exchanged. Your father beaming with pride as he sees you at the altar. The groomsmen clowning around during the getting-ready process. You sharing a champagne toast with your closest friends. The moments that are an integral part of your wedding day. The moments without which that story cannot be told.
As we alluded to above, your family and friends are significant characters in your love story. Especially the former. Your grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins have all played some role -- big or small -- in your road to the altar. That is just one of many reasons why each will probably have some part to play in your wedding celebrations. And it is the reason why top DC wedding photographers make sure to get lots of pictures of them on your big day.
Another reason is because we know how much you are going to treasure those shots later. Though you might not realize it now, your wedding could be one of the few times in your adult life that your entire family is together in the same place. We hear this all the time from newlyweds in the months and years following their marriage celebrations. And they almost always follow that up by telling us how valuable the pictures of their extended families have subsequently become.
It is not enough, however, for top DC wedding photographers to just get lots of pictures of your family standing together and smiling at the camera. Yes, family formal portraits are important. But they do not really communicate what is special about the relationships you have with each member of your family. No, the images that matter are the ones that tell the story of your and them. The ones of you interacting with them. The ones that show you laughing together. Or shedding a tear together. Or hugging one another tightly. The ones that show how much you love each other.
That is why we are always on the lookout for these kinds of moments during your wedding. In particular, we keep our eyes open for scenes with an intergenerational focus. For example, a picture of a bride, her mother and her grandmother hugging. There is just so much to love about images like that, especially from a storytelling point of view! They communicate the history of a family and the bonds that unite the different generations. They also show the passage of time and the way that today’s bride becomes the mother and then grandmother of tomorrow’s.
Getting pictures of those moments is not possible at every marriage celebration that top DC wedding photographers document, though. For a variety of reasons, extended family cannot always be present at a wedding. In those cases, we have to get a little creative.
In this photo, for example, we managed to work three generations into the shot in a very subtle way. After the bride got into her wedding dress, she was modeling it for her bridesmaids and close relatives. As she twirled around, her young niece was watching her, perhaps dreaming about her own wedding day.
That was not the whole story in this scene, though. A third generation is also present in the background of the image. If you look closely, you will notice a photo of a woman in a wedding dress behind the crowd of bridesmaids. Because this bride chose to get married at her parents’ farm, the woman in the photograph is, unsurprisingly, the bride’s mother. So in a very indirect way, the bride, her niece and their mother/grandmother shared a beautiful wedding experience. And the resulting image is one that truly tells the story of that bride’s wedding day.DC Wedding (26), DC wedding photographer (27), DC wedding photographers (30).
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