My favorite thing at a wedding might just be the first look with dad. That may or may not be a “thing” in your part of the world, but somewhere along the way Kristin and I (Paul) realized there was something special, something that touches the heart when a father sees his daughter for the first time in her wedding dress. Sometimes I wonder if that is a look that he gives to her once in her lifetime.
So if that first look is something our bride wants, we try to make sure it’s in a private area and there is beautiful light. At Andrea’s wedding, we were fortunate to have a nice front yard with the midday sun reflecting off several buildings. What that produced was a slightly overhead light source and smooth soft shadows when our Andrea and her father were in the shade. Kristin and I try to position ourselves so we can see both faces when they turn towards each other. In this photograph, Kristin was using a 70-200 lens at 200mm in a crouched position. She took multiple frames, but this was taken the second he turned around to see her. Since Kristin was crouched and shooting at f/4, she was able to minimize background distractions and really separate them from the background, creating a stunning and touching image.
I can’t imagine what’s going through a father’s head at that moment. If I have a daughter one day, I worry that I may not be able to get through that part without falling to pieces. If it does come to pass, I’m sure someone will be there, probably crouched a ways off with a long lens, capturing the tears and full body convulsions.