THOUGHTS ON MY WORK AS A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
For the last seventeen years my work as a wedding photographer has offered me the remarkable privilege of witnessing other people’s lives in some of their happiest moments. My work has never ceased to move me. I adore the photographs I have from past weddings in my family, the enduring elegance of formality and the timeless quality of the ritual being photographed. But perhaps my favourite photograph is this one of my grandparents that shows a moment of natural and spontaneous tenderness. My grandparents are both now gone, my grandfather died when my mother was five, but in a way, the photograph makes them both alive now. Photographs bridge the past and the present by freezing time, but they also remind one of time’s inescapability, that we are all on its path. I see wedding photography as an ode to life and love, a visual celebration of beauty and joy to cherish in the future. But I don’t just aspire to capture beautiful images, but also meaningful images that capture and evoke the real moments and the real people in front of my camera. Your wedding photographs will be some of the most important and treasured photographs you and future generations will ever have.
(Bibi The Photographer)
The Three Key Parts of Wedding Photography
I. Couple and Group Photographs
Classic shots of the bride and groom and the wedding party
These are the classic wedding photographs of the couple, not necessarily posed but certainly intentional. My approach to these photographs can depend on the taste, style and personalities of the couple. I usually try to take the couple away from the busyness of the main part of the wedding to several previously scouted spots, typically for between twenty and forty-five minutes. Although I will sometimes offer specific directions, my aim is to allow your natural interactions to dictate the composition of these images. Wedding photographs are far too important to be overtaken by passing trends and I aspire to make these images timelessly beautiful.
II. Documentary Shots of the Day
Evocative images that capture moments throughout the wedding day in all its planned and unplanned its glory
These photographs will usually make up the majority of your wedding photographs, although I always want to know which aspects of the wedding photography are the priorities for you. These shots tell the story of the wedding day, documenting the event with images of the key moments as well as the details and setting of the wedding in all its glory. However, I also capture those smaller sometimes in-between or unplanned moments and interactions that often provide the most evocative images of all. Even if nothing goes to plan, I am not fazed, I always find ways of documenting the fun and joy of the goings on.
III. Candid Portraits Of All Those Involved
Vibrant meaningful portraits of the people that make up your wedding
These are the natural unposed shots that capture the people of your wedding; a mother moved by a speech or two friends in hysterics at a remembered story. It is the people (probably the most important ones in your life) who give meaning to your wedding and (without being intrusive or conspicuous) I aim to come away with lots of candid portraits of them. Some wedding photographers seem to capture the couple and the details while overlooking the other people the make up the wedding. So many couples whose weddings I have photographed have told me how delighted they are to have such lovely shots of their favourite people enjoying their wedding.
WEDDINGS IN OAXACA CITY AND COAST
Oaxaca has so much to offer, from the enchanting chaos and colonial architecture of the city, to the fierce beauty of the Pacific. This jewel in Mexico's crown is full of scintillating flavours and stimulating colour – it is no surprise it has become a thriving cultural hub, inspiring artists and writers from all over the globe.
I have photographed a handful of weddings in Oaxaca and am dying to photograph more. One of first weddings I attended as a guest in Mexico was in Oaxaca, held in the beautiful botanical gardens of Santa Domingo, something I know hear is not so common to get permission for!
The beaches of Oaxaca are low key, in the best possible way, and at times it is possible to find yourself on a long stretch of beach with no other company than golden sands and rumbling waves. The wildlife here is incredible, with opportunities to see whales, dolphins and in particular, sea turtles who have chosen the Oaxacan coast as a nesting area. These beaches are also world-renowned for their surfing swells, drawing people of all levels of expertise into the waves - those first stepping on a board alongside seasoned experts. The abundance of surfing culture is also reflected in the relaxed, tranquillity of this coast line and the three villages of Zipolite, San Agustinillo and Mazunte offer this in abundance.
As is typical in Mexico, most of the rain in Oaxaca falls between June and November but this leads to an eruption of green foliage that spreads from the coast to the mountains. However, the spring is hot and dry and perfect for those wishing to experience intoxicating heat and striking sunsets.
Oaxaca is so rich in culture and landscape that it has something for everyone, particularly for a wedding! From the historical elegance, traditional food and creativity that seeps from its very pores in Oaxaca City, to the wild waves and tropical heat of the Pacific coast, I will always be delighted to shoot weddings anywhere in this remarkably varied state.