How is wine like wedding photography?

October 06, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

How is wedding photography like wine?

 

Okay, now stay with me! I’m asking a pretty important question here – how is wedding photography like wine? If you are a wine connoisseur, you are probably salivating at the mouth (I am – because I love me some wine) just thinking about the fermented grape. Other of you might “appreciate” a nice glass of wine, but maybe don’t have that discerning palate that others “claim” they have when they sip, sniff and swirl a glass of wine. And I’m guessing there are some of you out there who don’t really go for wine and would rather have a beer… or a little Jack Daniels.

All of these attitudes towards wine are great. The point here isn’t me trying to sell anyone on the merits of a fine glass of Cabernet Franc or Malbec (although I’m happy to talk to you about my favorite wine and winery – and if you book a wedding you *might* just wind up with a really special bottle of something nice). The point is that like wine, photography (and wedding photographers) comes in many different varieties and is tailored to suite many different tastes and needs. Now is the part where I talk about wine for a bit (Skip to the break if you don’t really dig on wine). For me, wine is a bit more than something to drink, but a beverage that is also art. My favorite vitner, Peju in Napa valley, really suits my palate and I’ve never had a bad glass (or bottle for that matter) from their winery. For instance, their reserve Cabernet Franc (one of my favorites) has the taste of berries and plums intermixed with a hint of chocolate and some rich spices. The “finish” of the wine goes on and on and is smooth but not weak. Peju are very careful and deliberate in how they craft their wines, using a combination of barrels and hand picked and selectively chosen grapes. I liken the craft of wedding photography to that of wine-making (here is the tie in). For me, I’m looking for the moments that not only capture what happened during your wedding – but also to evoke how it feels. Just as Peju doesn’t just “choose” a barrel or randomly select grapes for their fine creations – I will not just show up at your event and push a button – but use my experience and the tools of my trade – to craft images that tell your story. Not only what happened and who was there, but what it felt like, how people reacted when they first saw the bride and the laughter at that joke told by the best man. My style, just like a nice bottle of wine, isn’t for everybody – but if you find yourself drawn to something a bit “more” than a record of who was there and what happened – perhaps I might be a good artist to capture the images of your wedding.

 

I want to show you one of my favorite pictures:

L & CL & COne of the best parts of knowing the rules is breaking them. This is one of my all-time favorite images. It tells such an amazing story, but it does so in a very unconventional way. L's hand on C's shoulder, the finger and that is all.

This one is from L & C’s wedding. It is a bit abstract, but tells a powerful story. The image of the L’s hand on C’s shoulder, being the single focus of the image evokes an intimate moment during a celebration – and speaks very much to how L & C “are” a couple. This image spoke volumes to me, just as it did to my clients.

 

I started this blog post, talking about wine and wedding photography. It really is, for me, a nice analogy of one thing I love (wine) and one thing I love to do (wedding photography). If you want to know more about my passion for wedding photograph (or wine) please reach out – and let’s talk about your wedding.


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