As a Toronto Wedding photographer, I have the privilege to document the birth of many family. As such, I am always looking for timeless pictures I can capture. Sometimes I get lucky, other times I miss the split second when they happen. Fortunately, in this Black Creek Pioneer Village album spread, I was fast enough to catch two emotional moments.
In the image on the left, one can see the bride's mother accompanied by her sister. On the left-hand side of the photo, out of focus, the sister of the bride is looking at the Mother. The scene is unveiling in a kitchen, and the backdrop is not spectacular. Still, what makes this photo special is the emotion in the shot. The Mother is wiping a tear. As a father, I can relate to that, and I know thirty years from now the value of this photo will be infinite. Such is the importance of our job as wedding photographers. To emphasise the importance of this picture, it occupies a large part of the spread.
In the shot on the right-hand side of the spread, we can see the bride hugging her makeup artist. Seemingly contradictory, the scene becomes clear once you know the story behind it. The bride's makeup artist is also her best friend from childhood. While the pictures are by definition static, in this shot we can almost see the bride move. Also, her friend's joy is apparent by the way she looks at the bride.
I processed, as usually with photojournalistic moments, both images in black and white.