Loyola Bride & Jumping Groom at Sacred Heart Chapel
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Loyola Bride & Jumping Groom at Sacred Heart Chapel

This photograph was taken in front of the Sacred Heart Chapel at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. 

Before I get deeper into the description of this photograph I'd like to give a nod and recognize the photographs of people jumping at weddings is trite or cheesy. And I for one can certainly attest to the fact that I've seen hundreds if not thousands of examples that meet that particular label. However, I really enjoy taking jumping shots. And although I don't do them at every event, they have become a staple of my coverage at many weddings. To prevent these kinds of photographs from becoming cheesy there are several things that I do to ensure they are well received. First, I teach the individual or groups who are jumping how to jump. Unfortunately, I can't share that secret here, as my competitors may be reading this caption and I'd hate for them to have access to something that it took me so long to perfect.

I have quite a few stories that I can share about people and their reactions to this photograph, but one of the most striking is one that I received from a perspective client — a groom. During our meeting, he shared hated jumping shots. And I can certainly respect that perspective. In fact, I told him that if he didn't want to do a jumping shot, then we wouldn't do a jumping shot. However, I suggested that I might be able to convince him to do a jumping shot at which he smiled and shook his head indicating that I had no chance to change his mind. At that point, I pulled out my iPhone, located this photograph, and then showed him this image. His reply was, "Oh, that's pretty cool. We could do that." It also helped when I mentioned that this particular image had just received a Silver Award at the 2015 WPPI Print, Album & Filmmaking Competition.

Location: 1 LMU Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Keywords: Loyola Marymount University (9). 1/500; f/5.6; ISO 400; 112.0 mm.