The father daughter dance is a tradition as most weddings and can be pretty emotional some times. They both know the cameras are on them at this point, along with the eyes of every family member and guest at the wedding….including Mom. Mom is usually front row on the sidelines watching while she sits this one out. But that doesn’t mean she gets left out completely. I try to capture mom in several of the images I take of the father daughter dance. The close ups are a given, but these images say a bit more.
There are many important things to pay attention to during a wedding ceremony, some of which does not even occur on the main stage. There are many guests and everyone at the ceremony is in some way important to the couple getting married.
My job is to tell a story with my images and that does not mean keep the camera pointed at the couple. I need to keep an eye on the people in the first couple of rows…such as Mom & Dad. Very proud and emotional beyond control, mom could not stop herself from crying tears of joy as her daughter is starting a new journey in her life. Dad, trying to keep it together as best he can, and checking in on Mom as he knows how she is feeling. This image helps tell the story because you can almost feel the emotion pouring out of this still photograph.