“Imagine this image with a soft Italian opera playing in the background. That’s how I remember it. The opera is being sung by the groom’s father. His mother is gently weeping… And it’s the best day of this couple’s life.
I chose this image to feature because it might not be immediately apparent that in addition to the newly-weds clearly in love – there’s a third spirit represented: the groom’s father. The inspiration behind this image came directly from him. One of Pete’s best memories was of their trip to Italy and so this shot was born. Pete, and his new bride Reann, in front of the beautiful Venetian architecture that reminded him of his father.
I don’t usually cry at weddings but it really was impossible not to when Pete’s mother wept as she walked him down the isle, a recording of an Italian opera his dad had sung years earlier softly playing in tribute.
I chose to shoot this image from a low angle, almost heavenward, with a 13mm focal length at f3.8. I thought the clouds were amazing and bracketed to retain the highlight-detail.
I know Pete’s father would have been very proud of his son, and, I hope, very touched by this shot.”
Shot with a Nikon D300 and 10-17mm lens
Camera Settings: ISO 200, 1/640th sec, f/3.8
(additional exposure was taken for the clouds)