Pat & Ange were married at the Lumina Resort on Lake of Bays near Huntsville Ontario on a gorgeous fall day. The resort is very rustic overlooking the lake and is filled with old Muskoka charm. The guests arrived for the lakeside ceremony and sat on hay bails awaiting the arrival of the bride. The day was filled with great friends, music, laughter, light and love. Pat & Ange wanted to spend as much time with their guests as possible throughout the entire day. After the ceremony, we photographed the families and bridal party portraits in just under an hour keeping everything very simple. You don’t need to travel to a variety of locations to create great portraits. You can create great portraits in almost any location. By keeping your shot list to immediate family only, and then capturing a few simple group portraits of the bridal party, this will give you more time for your bride & groom portraits and will also shorten the amount of time that you are away from your guests. We were able to finish our portrait session quickly to allow Pat & Ange to rejoin their guests during the cocktail hour. Aside from the bridal party and family portraits, my approach to wedding photography is to quietly and unobtrusively document the story, the emotion and moments of the day. The great thing about documentary wedding photography is that it allows the bride & groom and all those in attendance to simply enjoy their day.
I have always loved documentary street photography. In fact, it was photographing in the streets throughout Europe, North America and Mexico that I truly fell in love with the art of documentary photography. I love the spontaneity of photographing in the streets which for me is very much the same as photographing a wedding. Fleeting and meaningful compositions can be made by quietly observing the guests, the interactions and anticipating moments before they happen. For me, it is all about connecting with my surroundings, and feeling the photograph by photographing with not only with my eyes but also with my heart.
I love this quote by one of my favourite documentary photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson.
“To take photographs means to recognize – simultaneously and within a fraction of a second – both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson