New York Wedding Reception
Susan Stripling Photography

New York Wedding Reception

in the thirteen years that I have been shooting weddings, one thing that always makes me cry is when fathers of the bride or groom get emotional. At this New York wedding reception, the groom’s son had just finished giving a toast to his father and his new stepmother. When the young man was finished speaking, the groom’s father stood up and wrapped his arms around his grandson. It was a purely unscripted moment, and the emotion took my breath away. Had I not been waiting and anticipating these unfolding moment I might have missed it. Luckily my assistant is perfectly in tune with what I am doing during a wedding reception, and she was able to quickly swing her off-camera flash around in my direction. This light illuminated the face of the father of the groom and added a beautiful depth and direction to the photograph.

Location: 1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Keywords: New York City (207). 1/80; f/3.5; ISO 1000; 95.0 mm.