I’ve been pretty down on wedding photography in general lately. I let one of our professional forum memberships lapse last week because I was sick of seeing the same, super slick photographs of brides and grooms looking more like celebrities and supermodels than people in love. I was over the snarky arguments between photographers over what constitutes “good” photography. And I certainly couldn’t stomach one more super saturated color photo of a tan, buxom blonde staring down the camera with stylized location lighting like she’s posing for a magazine cover.
Enter Emily and Gabe. They actually are supermodel beautiful… and as if looks wasn’t enough they met in medical school at UVA. They’ve got all the right stuff and with a ceremony at Reveille and a reception at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, their photos could have been all about beauty, fashion and grandeur: a photographer’s dream. Its all there but that’s not where the power of their pictures comes from. As I scrolled through the capture I felt like I could actually see their love for each other, their excitement, their warmth and their sense of humor. There were moments where they looked at each other and I suspect the rest of us just melted away.
It was a spectacular event to photograph, the newly renovated VMFA might be our new favorite location for a wedding. Between the cocktail hour in Evans Court, the reception in the Great Marble Hall and the freedom to stroll through the main exhibits, it makes a great venue for guests to enjoy an evening out. We had a little bit of time to take couple’s portraits around the museum just before guests were seated for dinner.
As we first entered the museum one of the groomsmen requested a group portrait in the waiting area chairs. I admit that I wasn’t too enthusiastic because I was feeling pressed for time but I’m really glad we did it…
Here’s a slideshow with our favorites from the day, we only regret that Crazy Love is such a short song because we couldn’t squeeze all of our favorites in! And if you would like to be notified when their online gallery is available, click here. Many thanks to Emily and Gabe for inviting us to be part of their wedding. As for trends in wedding photography, who cares. When you have real emotion in front of your lens, what do you need extra lights for?