There have been a few things I’ve been trying to do a bit differently as a wedding photographer these days. Those of you who know me on a personal level know that I am my worst critic when it comes to judging the photos I capture… and of the ones I eventually decide to post. You might say I’ve turned into a perfectionist. And I can’t blame you for thinking so. If only you could hear the things that run through my mind while I shoot:
“Gah, that’s off centre/asymmetric… dude, com’on! That shutter speed was too slow… dumb! Her eyelash is out of focus… whaaddya doooin’???”
And it wasn’t until Karen & Duane’s wedding this past December that I truly told myself: “Stop it Tsone. Does all of that really matter?”
After spending months discussing their wedding plans, I learned something about their visions of their wedding day: it didn’t have to be perfect. And then it instantly clicked for me: I didn’t have to be perfect. I didn’t have to be at the exact right spot at the right time, my camera clocks didn’t have to be synchronized within milliseconds of each other… and I didn’t have to shoot 10 frames to capture that 1 ‘perfectly’ composed photograph.
Karen & Duane, even though you may not have realized it, you brought me back down to earth. You reminded me of why I got into this thing I do as a passion in the first place and what it is all about. It is about looking back at your photos with your beautiful daughter and your future family 10, 20 or 30 years from now and reliving the moments. It is about the laughter, the happy tears and the quick glances you give each other subconsciously. And on that big day, I discovered that it was not just about the moments of love between the two of you, but also about the countless expressions of love from others towards you. I was amazed to watch all your friends and family come together and actively participate in making sure your intimate ceremony was what you had envisioned.
These are the things I believe matter above everything else.
You two are meant for each other and thanks for being amazing humans. Congrats.
Boyo Photography is a storyteller based in Ottawa, Ontario – sharing genuine and expressive photographs during Weddings, Engagements & among Families.
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