The groom is buttoning his shoes as he prepares for the wedding, seen in a doorway by the wedding photographer in Lisbon.

The photographer’s desire to return to the wedding


The groom is buttoning his shoes as he prepares for the wedding, seen in a doorway by the wedding photographer in Lisbon.
The point of view of the wedding photographer is always to take advantage of the things around him to show the thing with some fantasy. I am, all the time, finding helpers in the space of the get ready.

Why wedding photographers are always eager to start over? I come back to the subject, again. Why do I never get tired myself to go photographing situations that are repeated over and over, again? The groom is waiting for me to start the metamorphosing path that will take him to the altar, religious or not, to join his beloved bride, wherein some part of the ceremony she will say yes, so much waited for. The wedding photographer saw this so many times that he can not find anything new, in there, and felt bored with wearing clothes, tightening ties, putting on cufflinks, and fastening shoes, maybe, a little too stiff on the foot.

Well. Yes, we could get that conclusion and find the work of the wedding photographer, after the euphoric times of the beginning, boring and with no reason to come back. However, when I review the photos of the weddings I did, as these Covid days oblige me because of the lack of new work, none of the weddings I saw and picked up again, were repetitive, boring, and with no attraction.

Even if the ritual is the same, the groom getting ready, everything around him is completely different. From the light of the house, the architectural design gives me different points of view, with a game of foregrounds and backgrounds, from the parents and all the family present to help and get early affections, before the ceremony, and, all of them, give to the wedding photographer those free traveling in the form of light until the darkness of the sensor of my camera. All of this, will be transformed into photos, wished for everybody, one-day ahead, and remember, or complete, the memory of those things that happened without notice on that day. That is why I am always in the mood to come back.

The groom's mother helps him fasten the noose around his neck.
Telling the story of the wedding day is like making a survey and picking the small gestures and framing them in a way that the photographic camera likes it. They are very demanding.
Satisfied groom hits his coat.
There is nothing better than those happy smiles showing the state of mind of the wedding day, in the people who personify it. An expectant Daniel is halfway to a good photo.
Portrait of groom after ready, smiling.
And, in the end, it is the portrait, the oldest form of photography. The wedding photographer never was able to get away from it at the end of the process with the groom already prepared, and Daniel helped.

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