This is a photo of my grandparents on their wedding day. March 4th, 1960. This photograph represents so much for me. It is a representation of the way I approach wedding photography. It’s a candid moment rather than staged, it reveals information about the character of my grandparents and their relationship.
When I really start to think about this image and wedding photographs themselves I start to consider the value of this image and so many out there like this. Wedding photography can be expensive and while I can justify the cost by citing the quality of the gear I use, my education and experience, creative vision, and the time and care that goes into each set of images delivered, the real value of photographs are the heirlooms we are making on this once in a lifetime day and the legacy we are leaving behind for our loved ones.
A photographs value goes up exponentially as the years go on. My grandparents are both deceased, yet they’ve left a legacy of 4 children 20 grandchildren, and several great grandchildren, and we all get the pleasure of enjoying this image.
Great wedding photography truly is an investment in your personal history and what you leave behind for the people who love you. I’m grateful to have this photo as an anchor in my personal life and in my professional life, and I am grateful for people who entrust me to create a document of this brief but incredibly important event in their lives.