If you have spent a little time looking through the wedding posts on my blog, you may have noticed that they all start with bridal detail photos.
WHY do all of my blog posts start with detail photos? It's not because other photographers are doing it (even though some are), or because details are pretty (even though they are). It's because I truly believe that the details matter and that they will still matter 50 years from now. While shooting, I like to think about all of the generations that will view your wedding photos, how they will view them, and why they will view them.
When I was little, I loved looking at old photos of relatives lining the upstairs hallway at my grandparents' house. Besides being a bit frightened of how stern everyone looked in their photos, I was fascinated by what they wore and liked to imagine what their lives must have been like. I would have loved to have access to tons of photos detailing an entire day, especially a day as monumental as a wedding day. I would have sat down in that hallway and soaked up every picture. I would have LOVED to see what kind of shoes my grandmother wore under her silvery satin wedding gown, adored to know what brand perfume my great grandmother favored (and do they still make it and what did it smell like), liked to have known what type of jewelry was in fashion when my great aunt said, "I Do," in a tiny country courthouse. As I type this, I suddenly wonder if my mom wore earrings under her long straight hair (I should ask her).
We live in a digital age, where we are fortunate enough to be able to take as many photographs as we want. Why not use that privilege to preserve everything so that your children, your grandchildren, and your great grandchildren can look back at your wedding day from beginning to end and savor every detail? Wedding trends come and go, but one thing that doesn't, is our fascination with our past.
Your details matter. Today, tomorrow, and 50 years from now. Let's preserve them.