It’s fair to say that I’ve seen a lot of wedding photography in the last few months – I’ve poured through hundreds upon hundreds of images, looking for inspirational compositions, colors, poses…you name it (thank you, Pinterest, the visual tool of the modern era!)
But my husband and I don’t much care for contrived… We want to have fun, and have the freedom be ourselves in all that we do – for wedding photography, maintaining an environment in which we could avoid affectation, unnatural manipulations, and overdone postures was incredibly important. You don’t want to be conscious of being photographed, for one thing, never mind feeling like posed plastic.
We had the good fortune to work with Christian Oth Studio and I have to say, not only were the two key players I came down to PHENOMENAL, but so too were the assistant photographers, videographers and coordinators they chose. Doubtless everyone on board is well above par – the plethora of imagery was quite spectacular on the site, and I’m not sure I had much hesitation when choosing a vendor.
The blessing, though, was that each person on our crew was so incredibly well-suited – the laughter was contagious, and I found myself mindfully thankful – and loving – every minute of it.
While I have to wait the regular grace period of two months or so (Merry Christmas!) for the rest of the lot…I was sent three “teaser images.” I nearly fell over, (joyful) tears in my eye, when I saw what were more than just photos… I feel like they not only captured what was physically before them, but the true love and joy of the moment(s).
The stress of wedding planning is very real – it isn’t just the hundreds of files I’ve amassed (documents, spreadsheets, worksheets, contacts, images), nor the hundreds of e-mails. The coordination, the attention to details (ALL of them), the scheduling… There is so much going on for only a few hours of celebration. It sounds like planning would be fun, doesn’t it?! Unfortunately, not much of it was… BUT…
When I saw – and felt – the joy from my family…and when I took one look at him (his energy I could feel across the room)…? His smile nearly bowled me over. Every ounce and minute spent desperately trying to design and arrange THE perfect event, cake, setting, flowers, music, photography, guest lists, timing…was worth a split second of his smile.
I have tears in my eyes as I write, feeling a sense of gratitude greater than what my heart can bear almost… To see the people you love at their most joyful and relaxed is a gift worth planning for a lifetime.
I’d not have changed a thing because…
Because it was perfect.
And Oth? They captured the “perfect”…
And then some.