As a Please Touch Museum wedding photographer, this image is one of my favorite photographs from the entire 2011 wedding season.
The bride was getting ready at her father’s Washington Square Park home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She had hung her wedding gown in his study and the littlest flower girl was playing in the room nearby. The little girl realized that when she threw the tulle skirt of her flower girl dress into the air that it floated down slowly around her. I photographed this scene for a few minutes before I realized that the flower girl was playing for my camera and that the moments were not entirely natural.
I chose to sit down on the ground and keep the camera up to my eye until the little girl forgot that I was there. After a few moments her mother appeared in the doorway behind me and the little girl, delighted, threw her dress in the air for her mother. The photograph that resulted showed a spontaneous moment between the flower girl and her mother rather than a picture of a girl mugging for my camera.
I photographed this scene with my 24-70mm because the room was so small that had I chosen any other lens I wouldn't have been able to include both the flower girl and the bridal gown in the frame. the lighting in this photograph is entirely natural. There was a large window on one wall of the bride’s father’s study, and it provided the room with beautiful natural light. That natural light contrasted with the dark wood of the walls made a wonderful juxtaposition between brightness and shadow. I love the simplicity of the dress hanging on the wall and how it is in contrast to the theatrical movement of the flower girl.
I entered this image into the Bridal Party category of the 16x20 International Print Competition at WPPI. It received a Accolade of Excellence and hung in the print gallery for viewing during the week of WPPI in 2012. It remains one of my favorite wedding moments documented during my career. Having daughters of my own I know how quickly they grow up and I am certain that this fleeting moment of this beautiful little girl will be treasured for years to come by her family. I can only imagine that one day this image will hang on the flower girl’s parent’s wall next to an image of this girl as the bride she will one day become!
Location: Washington Square Park, Philadelphia, PA.Keywords: philadelphia (36), Please Touch Museum (3). 1/160; f/4.0; ISO 1400; 42.0 mm.