I absolutely love photographing weddings at the Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
I also absolutely love photographing Jewish weddings. I am so honored to document the beautiful traditions and customs of Jewish weddings.
One of the loveliest moments at a Jewish wedding ceremony is the signing of the ketubah.
At this ketubah signing, the bride and groom were surrounded by their rabbi, family, and dearest friends. The light from the window was precisely what I love best about light : dramatic, while also flattering and fascinating.
I positioned myself so that the light fell perfectly on the faces of the bride, groom, and the others seated at the table. I also made sure that my position would allow me to frame the rabbi as a silhouette in the window.
I exposed perfectly for the faces of the bride and groom, and that ensured that the rabbi would become the silhouette that I desired. I was shooting in aperture priority, so that meant that I had to dial my exposure compensation down almost two stops to achieve the correct exposure.
This image was entered into the 2015 WPPI 16x20 print competition as one of my favorite photojournalistic moments of the year. It received a score of 86, which is excellent.
The Wedding Photojournalism category is my absolutely favorite to enter in print competition, because the images have to be natural, unposed, and undirected. You also have to compose perfectly, light your subject without interacting, and capture that elusive, fleeting moment - all at once, with no direction or interaction. It’s fiendishly difficult to do, which is why I love these moments all the more. They’re the cumulation of my skill as a photographer as well as an observer.