The Barn at Wesleyan Hills Wedding PhotographerI absolutely love it when everything comes together to make a perfect photograph. There is nothing better than combining beautiful light, the fantastic interaction between a mother and daughter, and a soft color palette. At this 2012 Barn at Wesleyan Hills wedding, the bride was getting ready for her ceremony when she was presented with a gift from her groom. I asked her if she would mind opening the gift over by the window, and her mother followed her to watch the scene unfold from over her shoulder. I knew that this particular bride was fantastically emotional and she showed all of her feelings on her face. I also knew that whatever was inside that jewelry box would elicit an incredible reaction from her - and I wanted to be prepared for that eventuality. I chose my Nikkor 24-70mm millimeter as the tool to help me capture this moment. It is such a versatile lens, and it enables me to go from a wide to a zoom with ease. I wanted to be able to focus on the bride, then move out to take in the entire scene, and I knew this lens would be perfect for the job. Once I was set up and ready to go I simply had to wait for the moment to unfold. This is absolutely one of my favorite images that I made this entire year. I entered it into this WPPI 16x20 International Print Competition in the Wedding Photojournalism division. While it did not win it did score well - and it was a huge win with the bride and groom (which is really all that matters!). Location: 616 Long Hill Rd, Middletown, CT 06457. Keywords: Barn at Wesleyan Hills (7), Middletown (7). 1/160; f/2.8; ISO 720; 60.0 mm.