Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Documenting vs. Capturing Emotion

Over the holidays, Jen, Zoe, Anna and I were in Virginia visiting my sister, her husband and my new niece. After Christmas we went to my cousin Emily's new house to visit with more cousins and other relatives. It was fun getting together with everyone and talking and running around with all our kids.

My cousin Emily and her husband, Steve, got married in April of 2008. She and my aunt had asked me separately to shoot her wedding. I politely declined, because I wanted to enjoy myself at the wedding and hang out with my family. I didn't want to miss having fun by worrying if I got the shots that I needed to get. Of course I brought my camera and took tons of pictures. One of my favorites was from the end of the day. Someone noticed that there was still a bunch of fake rice that wasn't thrown on the couple at the church. So we all made a circle around them and starting throwing the rice. I immediately grabbed my camera and starting shooting, because I noticed what was going on. Emily and Steve were in the moment. They weren't posing or feeling shy because all the attention was one them. They were genuinely having a great time with their family and friends all around them.

The photographer that they hired didn't get the shot. Don't get me wrong. Their photographer did an adequate job. He got the "must have" pictures throughout the day. But I think he missed a lot of the emotion that was all around throughout the day.

I was reminded of this when Emily's father pointed out that from the hundreds of pictures that were taken of the bride and groom throughout their wedding day, mine was the only one that they had on display and in a prominent location on their mantle. It was the one that caught the emotion of the day.

Thanks Emily and Steve for the great wedding! We have to visit more often!




Love,
Chris

Monday, January 12, 2009

New DVD Wedding Image Slideshow

I'm offering new DVD slide shows.
The DVD contains a slide show of all the images from your wedding with music that you provide me.
Here is a short sample from Michelle & PJ's wedding.


Michelle & PJs Wedding from Christopher Elston on Vimeo.

And here is a great letter I got from Michelle and PJ:
"We hired Chris as our photographer for our July 2008 wedding. After searching and searching through many photographers, we were pleased when we finally met Chris. He was so nice and we felt extremely comfortable around him. Chris did an amazing job with our engagement session, and I could hardly wait to see what he captured on our wedding day. On our special day, Chris and his wife Jen, completely exceeded our expectations. They were so much fun and added to the excitement of our day. Chris tailored a package just for us, and the results were outstanding! Our album and wedding DVD were gorgeous. We have gotten so many complements on the beauty and uniqueness of our photos. We couldn't be more pleased with the way Chris captured every important and tender moment of the most important day of our lives." Michelle and P.J. Yoder"



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