A Father’s look – I love this image



 In this occasional series I look back at images from weddings I’ve photographed. Today it’s a photograph from Amelia and Sam’s wedding at the Tudor Grange Hotel in Bournemouth.

Weddings are about people

Wedding photographs aren’t “just” about the couple, or the details (although you’d be forgiven for thinking that if you look at some photographers’ work). It’s about the people. The people who mean the most to you. The people you’ve chosen to invite to the most special day of your life.

This photograph is of Amelia’s Father, looking at the couple as his new Son-in-Law takes his wedding vows. This isn’t just an emotional time for the Bride and Groom. It’s also intensely emotional for the parents. The time when they relinquish their child into the hands of another. It’s not easy, letting go and allowing your children to make their own life. But it’s a part of the way that we as humans have developed over thousands of years.

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It’s precisely because these moments are important that I try to capture them. I have to admit it’s not always easy. I might not be able to get into the right position to be able to see the parents properly. But when I am, it’s a great opportunity to capture that emotion. Sometimes there’s a tear/sometimes a smile. Sometimes a pensive look from a concerned parent. Or, as in this case, an enigmatic look that almost begs you to look deeper and imagine what he’s feeling. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s the raw emotion written on Amelia’s face. Sam’s words are so poignant and moving that she’s fighting back the tears. It’s not pain, it’s love.

That’s why I love this photograph.

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Ian is one of Dorset’s leading wedding photographers. Based in Bournemouth and with over 20 years of experience photographing weddings across Dorset and Hampshire, Ian’s the perfect choice for couples who want unobtrusive, discreet wedding photography that captures the emotions of their special day. Read more about his own personal style of documentary wedding photography on this website.

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