Last year I heard Eddie Vedder during a concert quieting a boisterous crowd in between songs by referencing the ‘thieves of silence’. ‘Put the silence down’! 🙂
A few laughs and the crowd quietened and he was able to introduce the next song. ‘Thieves of silence’ made me think of the various ‘thieves of spontaneity’ when it comes to wedding photography.
One of the major culprits of interrupting the flow of a wedding are drivers of wedding cars. Bless them – they are only being polite I suppose but they often insist on disturbing the action. A couple of years ago we had a very rude driver who insisted on taking photographs of the bride getting ready at home (a story for another day – how bizarre was that?). I generally try and avoid their attentions and if they do catch me to ask ‘do you want a photograph?’ (translation: ‘do I want to poke my head in to the car and prompt the photograph’?) I politely decline and try and let the action unfold as naturally as it can.
As someone who strives to discover spontaneous moments to photograph I can tell you there is nothing more frustrating than the ‘thieves of spontaneity’. My preference is just to have everything flow really naturally and not have anyone worry about having to stop the action for a ‘photograph’. Trust me, I can get the photograph in real terms, far quicker and without anyone noticing.
And so it was as Roxy emerged from the wedding car in this moment. The previous image where she looked up at her bridesmaids is good but I preferred this one where she is looking down smiling.
This image was one of my favourite photographs of Roxy from the wedding day as she arrived at church for her ceremony. Spontaneous, and caught in the moment exiting the car.
Anyway, I hope you like it – far better than the traditional posed ‘bride in the car’ image.