Grand Historic Venue WeddingThere is not a single thing that I dislike about a Grand Historic Venue wedding. The venue is so perfectly suited for my style of photography. First known as the Tremont Grand, the Grand Historic Venue was built in 1866 as the Grand Lodge of the Maryland Masonic Temple. It was the headquarters for the Maryland Freemasons for over a hundred years, becoming the Tremont Grand in 2005. I am especially crazy about the Library. With it’s dark walls and gorgeous windows, the Library is my ideal setting. I can use the light coming through those windows in dramatic ways, at all hours of the day, in all kinds of weather. The Corinthian Room and the Roman Strada are beautiful spaces as well. On the first floor, the Marble Room is really extraordinary. I also love the Mirror Room and Edinburgh Hall. This venue is extremely convenient, since it attaches directly to the hotel, with great room to start the day off in. This image is especially near and dear to my heart, because it’s a journalistic moment, and we all know how hard those are to capture. You have to find the light, angle yourself perfectly, wait for a moment to occur, and capture it without any interaction with the clients or the scene. When moments like this one happen, they’re a true gift. I mean that photographically, because what wedding photographer wouldn’t want this scene to unfold in front of his or her camera? I also mean that personally, since witnessing such an outpouring of love is really humbling and a huge honor. There are so, so many things that I adore about this image. I love the delicate movement of the mother of the bride as she takes her glasses off to wipe the tears from her eyes. I love that you can’t see the bride’s face, but you can still feel her emotion as she pulls her dad in for a hug. I love every single thing about the father of the bride, from the handkerchief clutched in his hand, to the way he’s holding his daughter’s arm, to the absolutely phenomenal expression on his wonderful face. This moment moved me to tears behind the camera, and I can only hope that it’s as priceless to my clients as it is to me. I had this image printed in black and white, so that the emotion was front and center, with no distractions. I entered this image into the 16x20 print competition at WPPI in 2015 and it scored an 89. I wish it had scored higher, but it was great to hear the judges debate the print, with some pushing for an extremely high score during a challenge. This image ended up winning second place in the category of Wedding Photojournalism, which is an incredible honor. I hope that my clients know how meaningful the moment was for me to witness, and how honored I was to be present for it. The bride and her parents have such a beautiful relationship, and I feel that this image will immortalize it for generations to come. 1/160; f/2.8; ISO 2800; 85.0 mm.