Documentary Wedding Photography: Timeless Moments, Authentic Beauty
A lot of photographers, including myself, use the word ‘timeless’ in their marketing content. It’s a word that’s used frequently in this industry, and it’s generally overused and misunderstood.
So let’s take a moment to explore what timeless photography really is.
When my grandmothers were alive, one of my favorite things to do with either of them was to look at old family photos. They each had an enormous collection of old black and white photos that dated back generations. One of my most treasured memories is an afternoon I spent visiting with my Granny Evelyn in 2010, sitting on the couch with her listening to her tell me stories about each photo and each family member as we flipped through her album one last time. She loved photos. I happened to have my cameras on that visit, and she asked me to make a photo of her. Nothing special, no dressing up. Just a quick photo of her standing in her living room that she wanted to send to her sister.
The next time I saw her a few weeks later, she was in the hospital. She passed away not long after that. Those photos from that last visit are some of the most important photos I’ve ever made.
Here’s the thing about photos. Your photos will age. They will become dated. The hairstyles will become dated. The clothes and the cars and the furniture and the decor will become dated. When you look at them in ten years or twenty years, you will feel that you are looking into the past. It doesn’t matter if you have an unplugged ceremony. It’s all going to look dated eventually. That’s the inherent beauty of old photos. They look like they belong to the time they were made.
So why do I say that I make timeless photography? Because I’m not making photos about clothes or hairstyles. I’m making photos about the human experience. I’m making photos about how we feel about each other in a moment in time. Those are things that transcend time.
Love is timeless. It always has been, and always will be.