I photographed this bride entering her Rolls-Royce outside the Hilton Pasadena. This candid photojournalistic moment capture something in her expression that makes this image special.
Although some brides may have a vintage themed wedding, this is truly a vintage bride. In fact, she owns her own vintage clothing store in Beverly Hills. To add a little bit more to this story, after we left the Hilton Pasadena and started the drive over to her wedding ceremony, the Rolls-Royce broke down forcing her to abandon the car and join her groom and the wedding party inside the stretch limousine.
At the annual WPPI Print, Album & Filmmaking Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada, I'm asked to judge hundreds if not thousands of photographs. And if I was judging this image, I might be able to identify several flaws. However, even with those flaws, I feel that there is something special about this photograph that speaks to viewers. It is always been positively received by photographers and clients alike, so I am reminded when I continue my work as a wedding photographer, the perfection my imagery may not always be necessary in order to create memorable work that is timeless. I created this photograph very early in my career, and yet it still maintains a prominent position in my portfolio. I'd like to think that when I create images like these that the process is instinctual. But perhaps that is presumptuous. It's probably best that I consider an image like this a lucky get and hope that I can stay lucky at every wedding.
Hilton Pasadena is located in Pasadena, California. Phone: (626) 577-1000. Website: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-pasadena-PASPHHF/index.html.
Location: 168 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101.