Tag Archives: EUGENE OREGON WEDDING
I have way too many words for this little family. Meeting through mutual client-friends, it’s been years of portraits, baby bumps, newborns, family sessions, just-because-just-for-mom-sessions, and now the engagement into the wedding. I’ve gotten to know both Tilar and Robert pretty well over the years, and their daughter is every bit as amazing as they are. I’ve been enthusiastically welcomed into their home (by the dog), and into their lives (by the humans). This job can be such an honor. I don’t know how long I will get to do this job, but I’m going to make the most of it, for as long as possible. Documenting life for people is fulfilling in a way I never could have imagined when I started playing with a camera for the first time.
Sally Mann first inspired me to document people in a documentary sort of way. Informed by art, for sure, but less about art, and more about humanity. She also said, “I wish I could be a better writer, but writing is so difficult. I get seduced by visual aesthetics. Because I just like making beautiful pictures, sometimes I wander away from making a clear statement.” I’ll leave this post right there.
This is one of the most sincere weddings I have ever witnessed, and I have seen more than my share. The vows, the ceremony, the toasts, the laughter. I think this is what she meant when Audrey Hepburn said “if I get married, I want to be very married.”
PS, the bride’s last name is Ho, in case the groomsmen gift feels strange 🙂
Cool can be faked. You can photograph a couple and make the people seem more relaxed than they truly were. A venue can be made to look majestic, when the reality is the opposite (hello start-of-the-career days). Photoshop, Lightroom, liquefy, dodge, burn, collage, stitch… so many ways to lie in a photograph. Richard Avedon, one of my top 3 all time photographers, brilliantly said “All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.”
A little over a decade in, and the only thing I have found to be difficult to manufacture is connection. It is there, or it is not. Although I have a good sized list of qualities I admire, that connection is probably my very favorite part thing about Lindsay and Matthew. I’m hoping their bond is as clear to you as it was to me. Enjoy the dancers being dancers, the silliness, and the genuine joy of their day at Deep Woods.
WORDS OF ADVICE FROM THE BRIDE (AND GROOM): As for words of advice, Matt says “Do what you want.” I would second that. We cut out a lot of the traditional wedding stuff that didn’t feel like us, and left what we felt was important.
*top 5 advice from a couple, ever. seriously.