A few months ago I shared an image with you by Carey Nash that in my opinion was spectacular. Not everybody agreed and a few people didn't get it at all, but here's the fun of this industry. It doesn't matter if we agree or not - it's the client who really counts.
Well, yesterday, Randy Baughn posted this image in Advanced Wedding Photographers and I love it. To take it a step further, it's images like this that every wedding photographer should be shooting for (pun intended). On Facebook Randy just called it..."First look with dad. 85mm 1.2 with window light."
Well, I called Randy to get his permission to run the image on the SCU blog. He told me about a workshop he took years ago with my good buddy and co-author, Joe Buissink. Joe said something, that like so many of us, stuck with Randy all these years.
"There’s no such thing as the perfect picture, only the perfect moment."
Randy went on to describe what's become one of his signature images at every wedding - "l'm looking for that one moment of emotion that defines the very soul of the event."
A big thanks to Randy for allowing me to share this image in a blog post. And for those of you who feel the need to share your criticism, save it. Randy could have been off on his exposure and totally screwed up the color too and it would still be an outstanding image. This is what you're all supposed to be about - capturing images and emotions the bride and groom missed. It's an outstanding example of an artist's ability to capture a memory and literally stop time!