Paul & Jen's Wedding - Tel Aviv, Israel
My youngest brother Paul and sister-in-law Jen were married in the most awesome settings in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the most beautiful bridesmaid ever (my little girl....no bias here!).
The day itself couldn't have gone more perfectly, from the outdoor rooftop wedding ceremony, to the delicious food, the funny speeches, the amazing atmosphere and the crazy dance floor action. Of course, I was delighted to be asked to photograph their big day, and had so much fun doing so.
I know a lot of other professional photographers look forward to being able to attend a wedding without having to worry about capturing all the action, or which lens to choose for what, and the associated pressure that comes with such a big responsibility. But I truly, genuinely love doing what I do, and am just so much more comfortable in every way when there's a camera between me and the world. Plus, had I been just a 'guest', the truth is I wouldn't have been able to stop watching the photographer anyway, assessing their methods, thinking about how I would be doing things differently, etc. Because my mind just won't switch off. So yes, I was very much in my element on the day itself.
This picture in particular was a spur-of-the-moment decision I made after the ceremony, just before we started the formal family pictures. As is the tradition after a Jewish wedding ceremony, the newly-married bride and groom spend a few moments alone in what is called the Yichud room. Whilst waiting for them to emerge, I was blinded by the sunlight streaming in through the window, and knew it was a prime setting for a silhouette. Sixty seconds after the happy couple re-emerged, this shot was taken and we moved on to the family pictures.
And bearing in mind this was taken in Israel, I think there is something quite English-seeming about that particular lamppost....