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Photographing Wedding Details by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Focusing on wedding details is an important component for any wedding photographer. Being a San Antonio Fine Art Wedding Photographer I have the chance to photograph many weddings and engagement sessions in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, and Dallas, TX.  I like to photograph in a documentary, photojournalistic style where there is very little posing.  I am also a fine art photographer, and have been for 16 years, I always incorporate my fine art aesthetic into my documentary style to create unique fine art documentary wedding photograph images.  My fine art style is mostly composed of the styles of Impressionism and Pictorialism.  These are both styles that were popular at the end of the 19th century and both have a very dreamy, nostalgic quality to them.  I am also interested in Romanticism and old photographs so many of my image incorporate blur and black and white toned images.

Many photographers who photograph weddings tend to really concentrate on the action images.  These are the typical images of the ceremony, the bride and the groom getting ready, and the reception.  But people should not forget about the details at a wedding.  The photographs of the details at a wedding have long been some of my most favorite images to take.  They really give me a chance to express my fine art aesthetic and to create unique images.

This collection of image is from several weddings.  I chose them because I like the simple compositions and the careful use of color and design.   These are often key features in my works.  I am very interested in the concept of Beauty and how it can be shown in shapes, designs, and forms.  Photographs of details always bring out my creativity and I like the challenge that they present.  These detail images can really add another dimension to a wedding album, so I always make sure to capture plenty of them.

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Bride’s Reflection by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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Wedding Shoes by Fine Art Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Rebecca and Milton’s Engagement Photography Session

 

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I had a great engagement photography session with Rebecca and Milton recently.  As a San Antonio wedding photographer I always encourage all of my clients to have either an engagement portrait session or bridal portrait session.  It is best when they have both.  Not only does this create some great images that are different than the regular fine art wedding photography images that I create, but I think that it is important to have these portrait sessions for a few reasons.  Many of the couples that I work with have never had professional photography before and they do not know what to do in front of the camera.  The portrait session gives them time to get used to being photographed.  It also gives me a chance to spend some time with the couple.  I especially like an engagement session because I get a chance to work with both the bride and groom and to see how they react to being photographed.  My style of very much documentary and I do not like to pose people.  I may start them out in a little bit of a pose, but then I tell them to relax into a more natural look.  I refer to this as posed, but unposed.  The natural look is what I am after.  I find that it also makes them feel and look more comfortable in their image.  Bridal portraits have to be a bit more posed because of the dress.  I always find these sessions to be more formal.  Most of them occur indoors but I have taken some beautiful bridal portraits outdoors.  You can see some great images from Rebecca’s bridal portrait session at Rice University here.  But I still encourage the bride to be a bit relaxed in her pose.

Rebecca and Milton chose Jesse Jones Park for their session because they wanted a wooded surrounding.  They also wanted to create some images on a small beach area in the park.  I had never been to that park before but luckily they were very familiar with it.  The park is fairly large and we walked a lot.  Usually I am the one leading people all over an area to find great locations and to produce a variety of images.  But this time they were the ones dragging me all over the park.  We must have walked for at least 3 miles and I was carrying all of this camera gear.  But the resulting images were worth it.  There was great variety to them from an open field to the trees and the beach.  They are a great couple.  We all had a wonderful time.  I am looking forward to photographing their wedding.

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Engagement Photography Session by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Engagement Photography Session by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Engagement Photography Session by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Engagement Photography Session by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Fine Art Photography Friday – Mexico by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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Chiapas, Mexico by San Antonio Fine Art Wedding Photographer Red Photo

It is Friday again and that mean Fine Art Photography Friday, another chance to show off some of my photographs besides my wedding photography images.  For those of your who do not know me I am a San Antonio wedding photographer who specializes in fine art wedding photography, bridal portraits, and engagement portrait sessions. When I am not busy photographing weddings, which is not often, I like to pursue my other passion which is fine art photography.  I have been a fine art photographer for over 15 years and I have had my work in over 100 group and individual shows.  So I decided that every Friday I would post one of my art images and tell you about it.  You can see some of my other fine art images on Marrakech,Morocco, the Iowa State Fair, Mississippi, China, a Rodeo in California, Paris Disneyland, and the Sahara Desert.

The image above is from a documentary project that I did in Chiapas, Mexico.  I had gone down to San Cristoboal De Las Casas to take a documentary photography workshop with Craig “Cisco” Dietz at Aper Tours.  We had a great week together.  Prior to the one-on-one workshop I contacted him to find out if he could arrange a live-in documentary photography opportunity for me with a family who lived a very simple lifestyle.  That is how I ended up staying with the family in the picture above at their house in the middle of the Chiapas jungle.  Although it is challenging to find, I really like to stay with my subjects and create an extended documentary.  There is a special bond that you develop with your subjects when you can actually live with them.

They had no electricity or running water.  The image above shows the mother of the family making fresh tortillas on the lid of a 55 gallon drum over an open fire that she built on the kitchen floor.  While I was there she made tortillas, fresh, three times a day for meals.  They were great, but after about 3 days I was really getting tired of those tortillas.  During my week and a half stay with th family I documented their beautiful lifestyle.  They showed me how they sheared their sheep by hand, then dyed and spun the wool into threads.  These threads were then used by the women on hand looms to create distinctive skirts.  Each sect in the area has a particular pattern for their skirts.  Some are plain and others are very fancy.  Their weaving skills are amazing.  The entire experience was amazing for me.  I even had the opportunity to go into a Temazcal, an authentic sweat lodge

The image about is titled “Xun’s Family.”  It has won more awards than any other image of mine.  I recently won “Best of Show” in the “Freedom of Art” exhibition at the High Wire Arts Gallery in San Antonio, TX.  I was a bit surprised because it was an open art exhibition.  This is where all types of art are displayed.  Usually, photography does not win over more traditional media like painting and drawing.  Maybe the fact that the piece is a silver gelatin print made in an old school chemical darkroom had something to do with it.

Enjoy the image because another Fine Art Photography Friday is just a week away.  I am off to photograph a wedding in Houston tomorrow and a portrait session on Sunday.
 
Gary Miller
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Bridal Bouquet Photographs by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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Bridal Bouquet by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

Being a San Antonio wedding photographer I have the honor to photograph many weddings, bridal portraits, and engagement portrait sessions.  One of the key photographs for any wedding or bridal portrait is the bridal bouquet.  Brides take much time, effort, and energy in picking out the perfect bouquet that will complement their wedding.  Colors and flower types are key but they can also depend on the time of the year and the availability of those particular flowers.

The history of the bridal bouquet is an interesting one.  Brides have been carrying a bouquet since ancient times, but it did not start out as flowers.  Many time brides and grooms carried aromatic herbs, spices, or garlic to help to ward off evil spirits.  As far back as ancient Greece and Rome the brides would wear a garland that was meant to symbolize new life, hope, and fertility for the couple.  At this time the garlands were not yet made of flowers but instead they were comprised of herbs and spices or local vegetation.  The stronger the smell the better it was believed that the garland would ward off of evil spirits.  As is true with many other wedding traditions, the modern tradition of having flowers at a wedding and carrying a flower bouquet came from Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert on February 10, 1840.  The bouquet of flowers was carried by the bride and this bouquet included edible flowers like marigolds and dill weed which was eaten by the bride, the groom, and the wedding attendees during the reception.  The consuming of dill was thought to increase sexual desire.  I could see why you would want the bride and groom to consume this but I am not sure that I would want the wedding guests consuming this too.

It was also during Victorian times that flowers took on meanings and were seen as secret messages between lovers.  This is know as florigraphy, or the language of flowers.  At the time many beautiful flowers were given underserved meanings.  Today, brides choose their flowers based more on color and a fondness for the look and smell of the flowers, rather than their assigned meanings.

This is just one of the many fascinating wedding traditions.  I am really interested in these rituals and their origins, so look for future posts on that subject.  You can read about other wedding traditions in my post “Wedding Ceremony Photography” and “Wedding Cake Photography.”

 

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5 Tips for Hiring a Wedding Caterer from San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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As a San Antonio wedding photographer I interact with many other types of wedding vendors.  Along the way I have seen how a wedding is a group effort and like any team it is important to have the right individuals on that team.  Many people think that wedding photographers are isolated from the rest of the wedding, but I make every effort to constantly meet other wedding vendors and to learn more and more about the wedding process.  Today I offer you my 5 tips for hiring a wedding caterer.

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1.  Get recommendations and referrals

Like anything else in life you should ask other people who have had experience with caterers for recommendations.  If you have recently been to a wedding and you like the food and the service find out who catered the event.  Remember that caterers also provide service at other events, like office parties and organizational events.  If you enjoyed the food and the service at an event, find out who provided the catering.  Once you have some referrals or recommendations you should make sure to check them out.  Don’t just go on someone else’s word.  Your friend may have just been to a wedding and loved the food but that does not mean that you should  just blindly take their advice.  Check it out for yourself.

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2.  Use a wedding planner

In a recent post I talk about the importance of hiring a wedding planner.  You can read that post here.  One of the things that I pointed out is that a wedding planner has connections and experience. With some information on your likes and budget they can help to steer you to a good caterer.  They have worked with many wedding vendors and you should rely on their experience and knowledge.  Many planners have a preferred vendors list that has all types of wedding vendors on it.

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3.  Check with your venue

Just like the wedding planners your venue will have a preferred vendors list of the people who they have successfully worked with in the past.  This list should be short.  I am always a bit put off by long lists as it seems like anyone can get on it.  Short lists mean that those vendors have to maintain very high standards.  When venues are looking to put people on their approved vendor list they are very careful that these vendors match the price point and service level of their typical customers.  As a San Antonio wedding photographer I have to work very hard to put myself on the preferred vendor lists of the best wedding venues, but it is worth it in the end.

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4.  Taste the food

This might seem obvious but you need to taste all of the food from a caterer before making any decisions.  I know couples who thought that they wanted a certain type of food but discovered that they liked another type of food better.  One couple wanted a beef dish, because they thought that it would be more elegant, but preferred the taste of the chicken dish.  Another  couple I know went all vegetarian at their wedding because they liked the vegetarian foods better.  Do not assume anything, taste everything.

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5.  Use a professional certified caterer

I highly recommend that you use only professional, certified caterers.  They should belong to a national organization like NACE (National Association for Catering and Events) or ISES (International Special Events Society).  I am a member of both to help foster the wedding team mentality.  After you have some recommendations you can go to these organizational websites to see if your perspective caterer is listed as a member.  You could also start with these organizations and then go through the rest of the process.

Taking a multi-pronged approach to hiring your wedding caterer is what is going to get you the best results.  It may be a little bit of work but in the end  you will have a great wedding reception and your hard work will pay off.

I will be providing 5 more tips in a future post so watch for it.

Gary Miller
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Fine Art Photography Friday – Morocco by Fine Art Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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It is Fine Art Photography Friday again and this San Antonio wedding photographer is ready to show you some more of my fine art photography.  Today’s image is from my trip to Marrakech, Morocco.  This was part of my 5 1/2 week  long trip to Paris, France and Africa.  You can read more about my Paris excursion in the Fine Art Photography Friday – Paris blog post.  While I was over in Paris I thought that it would be a great opportunity to visit Morocco.  Marrakech is only a 3 hour plane ride away and I had never been to North Africa before.  The city of Marrakech is an amazing place.  I stayed in the Old City where it seems that time stands still.  The Old City is still surrounded by walls and the people and life inside seem frozen in times.  It is a very exotic place and remains one of my favorite places in the world, and I have been all over the world.  There are so many interesting things to photograph, but it is challenging because you cannot just freely photograph people on the street.  Like many other cultures the Moroccans did not like to be photographed, for various reasons.  So you pretty much have to asked everyone if you can take their picture, and you have to ask in either French or Arabic.  Not everyone on the street knows french which was my language of choice during this entire trip.  Many days I was “shooting from the hip“, literally with my camera over my shoulders.  I would position myself sideways to my subject and them press the shutter button.  I was able to get some very unique and interesting results using this method.  Nowadays, with newer technology, I could actually use my smartphone to view through my camera and trigger it.  But many of the street vendors are onto the “photographing without looking” trick and some of them will stop you, but others did invite me to freely photograph them.

Wandering around the old city of Marrakech you can get lost easily in the maze of alleys and streets.  People warned me about getting lost but what they did not know was that I wanted to get lost as it gave me a change to explore all parts of this unique city in my favorite reportage style.  In this style you sort of wander around the streets looking for photographs.  This style is perfect when exploring ancient and visually wonderful places.  While I was there, which was in July, it was hot.  Did I mention that it was hot, really hot, like 110 degree hot.  And you are not supposed to expose your arms or legs in public so I was wearing a long sleeve shirt and long pants whenever I was outside.

I stayed in a ryad/riad.  This is a traditional Moroccan house with an open courtyard in the middle.  There is usually beautiful tile work and a fountain in the middle of the open space.  One of the amazing things about these riads is that from the street the houses are all very plain, earthen walls, and doors, but inside is where the beauty of these houses shine.  The courtyard has a lovely cooling effect because of the long periods of shade and the updrafts that are created within the structure.  It reminds be a little of haciendas.  These interior spaces are an oasis from the streets.

The city is full of traditional vendors lining some streets.  There is no refrigeration at these vendors, and it was a little scary to see eggs and meat just sitting out in the hot day with plenty of flies around.  It was times like this that I am glad to be a vegetarian.

The image above was taken at the famous Djemaa El-Fna, a large square with hundreds of vendors at night.  During the day is a vast open space but at night it changes over into restaurant and vendor stalls.  I had the best vegetarian lentil soup there that I have even had.  It is amazing to watch the transformation that takes place every evening as hundreds of vendors set up and then take down their places of business before midnight.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When taking this photograph I was being very clandestine in my approach so that I would not be noticed by the vendors.  Part of my fine art documentary style of photography is that I do not like to interact with my subjects.  This gives me a more natural look.  This is the same approach that I use in my fine art documentary wedding photography.  I really love the color and the mysterious nature of the event and this is what it looked like standing there.  With the low light it was a challenge to create this image.  But I always like to challenge my photography skills and to produce work that I have never made before.

As a San Antonio wedding photographer this is the approach that I like to add into my work.  The more hands off I am with my images on the wedding day, the better I think that results are.  I will be posting more images from my adventures in Morocco in the future.  Stay tuned.

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Old Chevy by Fine Art Wedding Photographer Red Photo

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Old Chevy by San Antonio Wedding Photographer Red Photo

Friday is upon us again and that means another Fine Art Photograph from my large collection.  I am a San Antonio wedding photographer with a documentary, fine art wedding photography style.  When clients allow it I can produce much more fine art than photojournalistic wedding photography images.  My style is a mix of my love of documentary photography and fine art photography with the importance of wedding photography and the recording of those special moments.  My job is to preserve the moments from a client’s wedding day so that they will have them to share in the future.

Today’s fine art image comes from an extended documentary photography project that I have been working on in Mississippi, around the Clarksdale area.  The project deals with my fascination and appreciation of the people, culture, religion, and blues music of the Mississippi Delta region.  This region is rich in so many things.  I was first attracted to it through my love of Blues music, and this is the area of the country that is often credited as the birthplace of American Blues Music.  This art form emerged in this area around 1890 as a distinct African-American art form that combined music and styles from Africa American folk music.  The style was formed from a rich mix of African-American spirituals, contemporary dance music, traditional songs, hymns from Europe, work songs, col ballads  and feed calls and hollers.  Musicians like Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson, and W.C. Handy were pioneers of the new art form.

My interest in blues music was what first drew me to the project.  When I began the documentary photography project I was teaching at Texas Tech University in the College of Mass Communications (now the College of Media and Communication).  The Mississippi blues project was a great way for me to combine my love of photography, the blues, and academic research into one.  I spend three sessions in the Clarksdale area, staying for one month each time.  I have have a number of wonderful experiences during this project from interview locals to playing blues music on various stages to photographing local legends and rituals.  I will be showing more images from this project in future posts.  The image of the old Chevrolet comes from a great place where I was staying near Clarksdale called the Shack Up Inn.  They have several authentic shacks that you can stay in on the grounds that they have relocated from around the state.  I am thankful to many people in that area who have helped me on my documentary project.

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5 Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner by San Antonio Wedding Photographers Red Photo

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As a busy wedding photographer in San Antonio I often encourage my clients to hire a wedding planner.  Many people look at this as an additional expense.  When wedding are already an expensive endeavor many wedding clients are looking to save money and one of the ways that they see to do this is to not use a wedding planner.  But as I tell clients all of the time, the money that you spend on a wedding planner will be money well spent.  Here are my 5 reasons why every wedding client should hire a professional wedding planner.

1.  Wedding planners will save you frustration and anxiety

You already have enough to worry about on your wedding day and leading up to it.  There are guests to attend to and dress fittings and other appointments.  The day of the wedding things are going to be a blur.  I have photographed many brides as they prepare for their wedding and I am always surprised by how they say that the day just whizzed by and they don’t remember much about it.  That is where great wedding photography comes in.  I like to tell my client that my job is to record all of the wedding day in my very non-invasive fine art photojournalistic way.  Hire someone else to run the wedding day for you.

2.  Wedding planners can save you money

It can be a daunting task to pick out all of the vendors that will make your special day, well special.  Wedding planners work regularly with all of the vendors in the wedding business and numerous venues.  They know who is good and trustworthy.  These are two qualities that you want in all of your wedding day vendors.  So the planner can save you the time of running around and contacting all of these vendors by recommending reliable people.  And this includes great wedding photographers.  I have great relations with many wedding vendors whose trust I have earned and together we work to provide everything that a bride could need.

3.  They are experienced

Is this your first wedding?  For many brides it is and therefore you are not going to know when everything is going to happen and where you should be at what time.  A good wedding planner will tell you when and how to cut the cake, or toss the bouquet, or any of the other mandatory wedding rituals.  So often when a wedding client has not hired a planner they come and ask me.  I am the wedding photographer, not the planner.  I am willing to help out where I can but I am pretty busy during a wedding taking great photographs.

4.  You have enough to do already

Face it, you are going to have a really full plate up to and including the wedding day.  Do you really want to plan the party, throw the party, and coordinate the party?  You really want to enjoy your wedding day so let someone else drive and take some of that multi-tasking off of your hands.

5.  They will keep you on budget

Wedding planners will set a budget for you and then keep it.  Money can be a very daunting aspect of a wedding, unless you are an accountant.  You have to keep track of all of the bills and who has to be paid by what date.  A wedding planner is a financial advisor and an account for your wedding.  They know the costs of many goods and can really help you to set a budget that will fulfill you wedding dreams.

Now just make the right decision and go ahead and hire a wedding planner.  Everyone at the wedding will appreciate and you will have more quality time to spend with you guests on your special day.

For more wedding photography advice you should see my post on 5 Wedding Photography Portrait Tips here.

Gary Miller
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As a San Antonio wedding photographer I am asked very often about portrait photography posing tips.  Photographing a wedding encompasses many types of images including both portraits, action photographs, event photographs, details, and others.  Within portrait photography you have the formal portraits and candid portraits.  There are also what I like to call casual formals, or unposed posed images. In both of these situations there is much less of a hands on approach.  This is in keeping with my photojournalistic wedding photography approach.   I will be talking more about these in an upcoming post. When I am taking formal portraits, bridal portraits, engagement portraits, or any other type of set up, controlled portrait photographs, I like to give my subjects these posing tips to help to get the best portrait photographs possible.

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1.  Face about 45 degrees to the camera.

People will look better in most situations when they are facing anywhere from 45 degrees to 90 degrees to the camera.  The camera flattens out a three dimensional world, so when you face straight on to the camera it is going to make everyone look heavier.  Turning away from the camera will be more flattering.

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2. Weight on your back foot.

Now that you are not facing straight on to the camera you should shift you weight slightly to your back leg.  This will give a more pleasing hip angle to both men and women.  I find that men can get away with facing straight on to the camera, but women will also look better and accentuate their curves more when they are angled to the camera with their weight on their back leg.

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3.  Keep your arms bent and away from your body.

You should always bend your arms and legs to give them a more relaxed look.  Even if your arm is extended it should be bent slightly.  You do not want to be putting your weight on an arm when you are leaning on something or using it for support.  Keeping your arms away from your body will again create a better line and be more flattering.

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4.  Tilt you head slightly.

It does not matter what direction, but you should tilt you head slightly to one side or the other.  Just make it slight and towards one shoulder or the other.  This will break up the horizontal eye line and give a more interesting and attractive look

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5.  Relax and be yourself.

Remember that this portrait photography session is supposed to be fun.  Keeping a fun attitude will show through in your portrait images with genuine smiles and a better connection to the viewer.  If you utilize the about basic posing tips you will not have to worry about looking your best.  Then you can relax and enjoy the process. There are so many things going on during your wedding day, so keeping these little portrait photography posing tips in mind will make your images really shine.  These tips can even be utilized by people when your are in a more photojournalistic wedding photography mode. You can find more posing tips in the article, “7 Posing Technique for Non-Models.”

Gary Miller
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One of the most important parts of any wedding is the wedding ceremony.  As a San Antonio wedding photographer, Red Photo has photographed many weddings, bridal portraits, and engagement portrait sessions, but there is something special about photographing a wedding ceremony.  The big elaborate wedding ceremonies that we see today did not always exist.  Maybe they existed amongst the aristocracy, but for the most part the average person could not afford this luxury.  In many societies the wedding was a communal events which began with special quilting circles that grew into more structured events.  Gift giving began with society families.  They were so enamored with it that they began the traditions of photographing gift tables and the public opening of the gifts for some to be praised and others to be humiliated.  The large wedding and many of its components as we know it today grew as the middle class and consumerism grew.  Advertising and magazine photography help to create the modern wedding style.  Wedding photography began more simply in the 1840’s as just a wedding portrait of the bride and groom and maybe one of them with their families.  You can read more about the 5000 year old history of wedding here.

Being a San Antonio wedding photographer, I am usually photographing somewhere around Texas.  When I am photographing a wedding I always work to get the reactions and emotions of the day.  I want a photograph of the bride and her father as they enter the ceremony and walk down the aisle.  I  always photograph the groom’s reaction when the bride first appears at the door of the ceremony venue.  As a wedding photographer I have the chance to get up close and to see the real emotions of the bride and groom on their special day.  Their emotion is true emotion and this makes for memorable photographs that the bride and the groom will have forever.  Of course you cannot neglect the importance of the first kiss photograph.  This ritual comes from ancient times when the bride and the groom would have to consummate the wedding.  The modern day remnant of that ancient consummation process is the first kiss.

I continue to be fascinated by the history and rituals of weddings.  I will be exploring more on these areas in future posts.

 

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Gary Miller
San Antonio Wedding Photographer
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www.redphotophotography.com

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