A true photojournalist will follow their subject wherever they go. I was so pleased to see this storytelling moment. Well done and a great gift for the bride.
Many of the strongest images in the category are quite storytelling and make me curious to know the larger context. This image was beautifully executed. Great moments, light, composition - I even love the other person's feet there in the middle of the frame.
I like the way this image not only recorded a sweet moment but how the image itself reveals that moment. Imagine this same moment made with straight flash. You see, moments occur hundreds, if not thousands of times each day, but they are most effectively preserved and shared through skillful use of lighting and composition.
The reaction from the bride was genuine and nice, but what really made the photo was the reflective emotion from the woman in the background. It created another level of spontaneity that made an effective photo.
This image reveals how a moment is little more than a narrative we provide through our own experiences. Why is this girl crying? Is she crying out of sadness, or nervousness, or joy? We can’t know the answer without a caption. But it doesn’t matter because we, the viewers, can read our own story into the image and fill in the blanks. And whether right or wrong, it still won’t matter because a moment is just that, a moment. At the least we should all be able to agree, as photographers or viewers, that this is a lovely photo.
Strong pictures tell the whole story in a single frame. This image did that very well. Nice focus on the groom's emotion.
This image is unexpected and I applaud the photographer for looking for less obvious (and less visual) displays of emotion. Though it's subtle, this guy really seems nervous. I like all the information in the background too.
The groom pauses for a moment just before he is to place a ring on his betrothed. It is a succinct fraction in time where all that he has hoped for and the dreams he has for his life are coming to fruition. She has said, “I do,” but here is still a moment to reflect on the important meaning of this simple act. She will be mine. She is mine. This is my day. This photo speaks these things.
Each time I look at this image I hear an almost audible whoosh of air between her lightly parted lips. This is her wedding day and the power of it all is overwhelming as a gentle tear falls from her eyes and she steels herself against her own desire to cry. This is a beautiful detail of “the day."
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