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I really like this Ron! His reaction is priceless. I think the first one is strongest.
While I do think this 'single subject' is strong enough to stand on its own, I wonder if more could have been made of the scene by introducing/including other elements (ie, a mother/father/sibling/grandmother). You sort of did that with number one which is why I think its the strongest of the bunch. Also, other elements of composition (ie, framing, leading lines, patterns, etc) might have made this an over the top photo.
Good stuff man! I see this series being passed down for generations....Show more →
Thanks, Chuck. I agree with you and Bud that the first one is the strongest. You really get a sense of the others reacting to him. What you can't see in the pictures is how audibly he was gasping.
Sometimes, the other elements aren't able to match the intensity of the emotions of your subject, but beyond that, for me, this was purely a 5-shot sequence of a man reacting with so much love to the sight of his bride coming down the aisle. To include a picture of the bride, lovely as she is, would immediately invite judgment as to whether her physical appearance was worthy of her groom's reaction. That I intentionally kept her out keeps focus exactly on what I want it to be, which is the groom's reaction.
While others may be focused on the composition, leading lines, patterns, etc, my main focus in shooting the wedding ceremony is simply capturing emotions. I strive to bring in those other elements when I shoot their portraits.
Thanks for your comments and kind words!