Whoever can follow what I’m doing will notice that I dedicate a lot of photographic space to the photos of the ceremony, religious or civil.
That’s due to two reasons. One is because the ceremony is, as the name implies, the strong value of the wedding day. The couple prepares, hair dress, makeup, and dresses and dedicates a lot of time to finding the small details that make a difference, from the bouquet to the shoes, to be, as they say in French, ravissant, wonderful, and feel the value that, for them, has the ceremony of their marriage. Another is because, in fact, everything that happens before and after is because of the existence of that ritual. Effectively the couple is husband and wife only after the famous yes.
That’s why I feel the duty, as a wedding photographer, to invest everything I know and I can to do better for a wedding ceremony worthy of the solemnity of the couple, family, and guests. But making photographic coverage of the wedding ceremony is much more than “taking” photographs. To be aware of the emotions, and the communication that will exist between the couple, and me, it is very important to capture the entire atmosphere that surrounds the event. How is the space, how the environment can be used to construct photos that, not altering, accentuate the emotional side of the ceremony, showing what is important, and hiding something that can cause visual discomfort? This is for the wedding photographer, in the use of his gear, knowledge, and sensitivity. On my part, I’ve always invested everything I know about how to photograph the wedding ceremony.
That’s what I did, too, at Joana and Bruno’s wedding at Plaza Ribeiro Telles. The rainy day and low luminous intensity within the church gave me a gentle, almost ethereal, light, which I took advantage of and I think I had succeeded in transmitting that. It was a day of great photographic involvement and great satisfaction for the conviviality that I witnessed throughout the day. That is being a wedding photographer.