Being a documentary Northern Virginia wedding photographer means being committed to capturing the emotions of your marriage celebration on film. We will preserve forever whatever happens that day and whatever you and your guests are feeling as it does. Our goal is always to allow you to re-experience those emotions whenever you look at the pictures we take for you.
It goes without saying that a wedding is a joyous event and that the predominant emotion is happiness. A wedding is a celebration of you and your future spouse exchanging vows and committing to spending a lifetime together. Obviously, you two are happy, but so are your respective parents. Yes, they might be a little sad that their little girl or little boy is all grown up and about to start a new phase in their life. But most of the tears they will shed watching you tie the knot are tears of joy. The same is true of your siblings, friends and other assorted guests present at your wedding venues in Northern Virginia. They are there at your marriage celebration to support someone they care about and bear witness to them marrying the person they love. How can they feel anything but happiness?
As photojournalistic Northern Virginia wedding photographers, we are always on the lookout for expressions of that joy when we see it on the faces of the attendees of your marriage celebration. We want you to remember everything that was good about your wedding, and we photograph those moments whenever they happen. We want the pictures you get to show you how happy everyone is for you when you are at the altar saying, “I do.”
That said, there might be times when someone at your wedding feels something other than happiness. Though joy will the main emotional theme of your wedding photog album, we feel that it is important to preserve for all emotions for you. We are not referring to any seriously bad feelings, of course. We have never witnessed anything like that at a wedding and would never point our cameras at such a scene. No, we are talking about moments in which more complex emotions emerge. Moments in which the joy is tempered a bit by other feelings.
This particular image is a good example of the kind of scene to which we are referring. This adorable little boy was the groom’s son from a previous relationship. He had been an absolute champ throughout a very taxing day. But when it came time for the ceremony, he was starting to get a little overwhelmed. So when his dad left him with his grandparents and went up to the altar, things became a bit too much for the little man. There were a lot of people around, and he clearly did not entirely understand what was happening. His grandmother could sense that he was getting overheated and put a hand gently on his head to comfort him. Her gesture was a beautiful and tender moment that we were very happy to get on film.
The other emotion that we noticed on his face, though, was concern. Even though he loved and had a great relationship with the woman who was going to become his dad’s new wife, he could not help but be worried about the most important man in his life. Even though his grandmother was trying to comfort him, he still worried about the future and wanted everything to be ok for his father. We love that this particular photograph shows this emotion, because just like the joy on the face of the maid of honor as her friend or sister gets married, the little boy’s concern comes for the groom comes from a place of love. Love means being happy for someone when they exchange vows with their future spouse, but it also means worrying about them because you only want the best in life for them. And when a photograph shows that, it becomes the type you will treasure for the rest of your life.
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