A very warm congratulations to Keiwana and Chris, who were married this past October at the Waterworks in Philadelphia. They are a relaxed and beautiful couple, and I was happy to be able to work with them at a classic venue. I only had one short hour with them, but it was a great hour.
Keiwana and Chris both were the kind of people who just sort of melted into the camera. I love it when I’m trying to think of something, and I say, “Maybe how about just sort of like…” trying to use syllables to buy myself a bit more time, and all of a sudden, his or her head tilts just the right way, and their lips curl up into just THE right smile, and I get to take the picture and look as if I’m the one who knows what I’m doing.
The Waterworks is like that as a venue, as well. There is a very good reason that it is perpetually clogged with photographers…it has so many interesting lines and details that it is difficult to use it as a backdrop in any way and get something that is unattractive. It plays super-well with light, and is an incredibly diverse setting. It’s such a good setting that I’ve seen it used as a venue in professional training videos.
True to the name of the venue, the waterworks were certainly turned on before, during, and after the ceremony. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: crying brides are awesome. Being surrounded by crying family members makes it all that much better. Once things get loosened up with a little bit of tears at the ceremony, the outpouring of emotions during the dinner and toasts seems so much freer.
And a big thank you again to Stacy Litz of Liberty Weddings for classy, thoughtful, no-nonsense officiating. Please look her up.
“Mr. Tansley raised a hammer; swung it high in the air; but realising as it descended , that he could not smite the butterfly with such an instrument as this, said only that he had never been sick in his life.”
“All of them bending themselves to listen thought, ‘Pray heaven that the inside of my mind may not be exposed,’ for each thought, ‘The others are feeling this. They are outraged and indignant with the government about the fisherman. Whereas, I feel nothing at all.’ ”
“It was windy, so that the leaves now and then brushed open a star, and the stars themselves seemed to be shaking and darting light and trying to flash out between the edges of the leaves. Yes, that was done, accomplished; and as with all things done, became solemn.”
Text from To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
All images in this series were shot with a Bronica ETR-Si and 50mm lens, on a single roll of Kodak 100 TMax. Exposures ranged from 4 seconds to 8 minutes at f22.