I’ve had a few weeks to process what I learned at Mystic Seminars and its time to call out a few key points that really resonated with me.
Point #1: Don’t be Afraid to Leave the Crazy Behind
This first bit of wisdom was stated by Ben and Erin Chrisman of Chrisman Studios.
But it was supported by many of the other speakers that I listened to. It derives from the belief that weddings aren’t just about the big party. Instead, they’re about family and connection and the start of a marriage. All of which I believe to my core.
The connections between people at a wedding is what really drives me in my art. I love the emotion, the little touches between a couple, and the quiet moments that really tell the underlining story of a relationship.
I’m always on the lookout for these connections, but this year I’m going to remind myself to look for these moments away from the couple. To search the perimeter, to find the people hanging out in corners, and to follow their connections, too. Because they matter. Guests at a wedding are there because they’re important to the couple.
In other words, I’m not going to be afraid to leave the crazy behind. The crazy dance floor, that is.
I shoot with a 2nd photographer for this reason–so your dance floor doesn’t go undocumented, while I have the opportunity to look for the other underlying stories. The perfect mix and the best of both worlds.