I’ve been spinning a lot lately. I kind of love getting totally lost in the loud music, just moving my legs and really sweating. It clears my mind and makes me feel invigorated for a great day! As I’m clearing my head, I like to think through the day ahead of me and what I’m going to have going on. The other day I was thinking about pulling my favorite images from 2016, which ones they might be, why I liked them, etc. And it suddenly occurred to me that my favorite images are probably not my clients’ favorite images, for a whole host of reasons. While I probably love the expressions, the light, the location, the way the dress is draped across the floor, my clients might not really see any of that. They probably love the moment, remembering how they were feeling, the way he is looking at her or simply the people that are included in the frame. I decided to ask a few of my favorite clients from 2016 which single image they would say is their favorite, and why. I’m so happy with their responses because they point to so many reasons why this job of mine is so important.
While I have so many wedding picture favorites, this picture has and will always be so special to me. Not only is the moment of walking down the aisle officially as husband and wife so special and such an important part of a wedding, but if you look closely – you can see my mom on the left side looking at us. I lived with my parents until we got married and while the wedding was SUCH a happy occasion, it was also a milestone of closing another chapter of my life and separating from my parents. My mom is my best friend and this picture captured almost the exact moment of where both of us had to let go of each other. I am so happy that Jordana caught this special moment that most would have missed.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve dreamed about my wedding day. But it wasn’t until I met Brian that I eagerly anticipated getting married. Throughout our engagement, and with a lot of Pinterest inspiration, I imagined all the tiny details that would make the day special. While there were many things that didn’t go quite as planned, seeing him for the first time that afternoon was magical. My smile in this photo still hasn’t faded and I am delighted I get to spend the rest of my life with this incredible man.
Erisa & Broch, Alexandria Ballrooms
There are definitely multiple images that I love, but I think a “favorite” stands out pretty easily. It probably relates to our venue choice / style of the wedding somewhat, but image 1694 stands out. I love it because it’s candid and captures us at a key moment in a flattering way (we’re married, we’re both smiling and in a moment together, posed ok, etc).
*I just wanted to put a little note here about second shooters, because sometimes people ask me if they really need one. Yes, yes you do! Because while I was taking the big group picture at the top of the aisle, my second shooter was taking this more intimate shot of the couple. And it’s their favorite!
It is almost impossible to choose just one picture from our wedding day! I chose this photo because it shows that in this second, we were officially married, completely relaxed, and just lost in the moment. It was so beautiful that evening as the sun was going down at the Surf and Sand Laguna Beach, and I remember taking those moments to really just be thankful for the gorgeous ceremony we had just had and for the fact that we had found each other and were about to start the rest of our lives together.
One thing we really wanted to do at our reception was to dance with our friends and family. Little did we realize there wouldn’t be much time for that! For the last song the band played Free Bird and our guest took the votive candles off the tables and made a see of light around us. We didn’t plan it but it was magic. You captured all of our joy from the day in this one shot!
Michaela & Mark, Malibu
It’s my favorite photo because I love being held in Mark’s strong arms. Right by the clashing waves of the ocean it was one of the best moments of the wedding day!