Love can be found everywhere you look, if you know how to look. I don’t just mean the traditional sense as in romantic love between two people; that’s just one kind. Open your eyes and see how love is what makes the world what it is, in every single way.
Love can be felt for a person, a moment in time, an experience; it’s a word which isn’t used enough, at at least in the right way, to express such a pure emotion. Photographically, I look for that moment in a subject where their eyes soften and just for a moment, they’re transported away to another place where their everyday issues, worries and concerns fade away. I am absolutely certain that when a person feels love, in any type of way, at that moment every face is beautiful.
The image I’ve used to illustrate this blog post is a moment in time, captured on a busy dancefloor, where the love of the music and the moment created a certain peace and stillness. (I hasten to add that this isn’t an image of romantic love betweeen two people, merely one friend accepting a dance from another). In this image, I felt strongly that the focal point needn’t be where you may expect it to be, upon the eyes; it’s a dreamy moment and as such, can be dealt with in a different way. I wanted the viewer to see and ‘feel’ the image without intruding into the moment.
As for the other kind of love and marriage – well, in a week’s time I’ll be in New York City, preparing for my own wedding, which takes place on Christmas Eve in the city. I’ll return not only with a ring and a husband, but also – I hope – a stack of images of NYC and a head full of inspiration for 2011!
The best in the West!!!
We were lucky enough to have Belinda as our photographer at our wedding in February. From the minute we met she put us at ease and by the time the day of the wedding came round it was as if a friend was taking pictures for us! Belinda listened to exactly what we wanted from our photo's and when the images came back we were absolutely over the moon! She has the most amazing eye for detail and we didn't even realised the photo's were being taken as she was so discreet! I would have no hesitation in recommending Belinda as the best photographer in the West! Thank you so much for capturing our special day so perfectly x