“He or she makes me laugh!”
How often have you heard someone in love explain their attraction to their beloved with some variation of that phrase? We have certainly heard it more than a couple of times at the scores of weddings we have photographed in the Washington, DC, area and Northern Germany. We even say it about each other all the time. It is not always easy being married to your business partner, but our shared sense of humor has always helped us find ways to keep working side by side!
As DC wedding photographers, we love it when couples make each other laugh. Those moments when one is cracking up make for great and memorable marriage pictures. The challenge is that laughter does not often happen spontaneously, especially on a stressful wedding day.
We have mentioned in other posts that our approach to wedding photography can be described as photojournalistic. As much as possible, we try to blend into the background when we are taking pictures of you and your beloved tying the knot. Our aim is to help you tell your love story, but we always prefer that you do the narration and we the recording. If we try to create the moments, rather than letting them unfold naturally, then the resulting images will feel forced and awkward. That is why we will almost never suggest to you that you say something to make your new spouse laugh. If it does not happen naturally and spontaneously, then so be it.
With all that in mind, we always have our cameras ready for those moments when one of you is able to make the other crack a genuine smile and start laughing. As we mentioned above, laughter is a way that many couples express their love for one another. For that reason, it looks great on film. When one or both of you are laughing, it shows connection. It shows that you is happy to be in each other’s arms and in each other’s presence. And when that is the case, it is almost impossible to take a bad wedding photo!
We noticed that these particular newlyweds shared similar senses of humor almost as soon as we began photographing their wedding at the luxurious Hardenbergesches Haus in Hannover, Germany. The day had clearly been a long and hectic one for them. The bride’s family had flown in from South Africa for the marriage celebrations, and there was a lot to do to make sure everyone was settled properly and that all the arrangements for the nuptials were taken care of. Throughout everything, however, throughout all the running around attending to things, the bride and groom kept finding their way back to one another for a quick cuddle and a whispered word or two that invariably elicited a smile.
We were so happy, then, when they did the same things during the couples portraits portion of the day. We were even happier that we were able to get many of those moments on film. Once they had a little privacy and time to themselves, the newlyweds could not stop smiling and giggling at their own private jokes. The connection between the two was always there, and once they were free of distractions, that bond shone through in every shot.
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