My wife and I…
…focus our professional lives in such very different environments, as much emotionally as physically. In some ways they couldn’t be more different, but they’re still in the same neighbourhood. Sarah has dedicated a great deal of time, energy, and compassion to working in the medical profession which is of course all about empathy and humanity. She witnesses on a near daily basis the stuff which makes us tick, the emotions that drive us, that give us cause for joy, relief, elation, and reflection. My responsibility as a photographer is to capture this very same stuff. When you strip back the tangible details of a wedding, you’re left with the raw and beautiful elements that make us who we are, and the bonds that bind us as family and friends. This is all about who we are, this is Love. This is friendship. This is our story.
With this very much at the forefront of my mind since the first wedding I shot over a decade ago, I care as much about letting the wedding breathe as the taking of the pictures themselves. With care and a little planning, the day flows seamlessly and memorably which in turn allows me to capture those natural moments that matter so much. Of course, it should go without saying that I almost always (depending on the wishes of each couple) photograph a handful of groups and naturally the couple themselves in a more posed style.
As I’ve always said, the wedding shouldn’t be about the pictures, the pictures should be about the wedding.
Richard Galloway – Documentary Wedding Photographer