Laughing Bride: Good Luck Red Chinese Dress
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Laughing Bride: Good Luck Red Chinese Dress

The statistical probability of great photos just "happening" on a wedding day is low. So I like to stack the deck.

Because of Pinterest and social media, many people think that every wedding is full of emotional moments, people crying, people laughing, and beautiful things everywhere. But that's not the real truth. It's a photographer's vision and skill more often than not that tells that tale.

For this photograph, the bride and groom had just seen each other for the first time. After I photographed them candidly, I then found the best light in the room, the most simple background, and pose the couple interestingly paying close attention both to arm and hand position and the tilt of their heads. Then, when everything was ready, I said something funny and that resulted in the photograph you see here.