When you meet with your wedding photographer, they’re bound to ask you what you want captured that day. While the traditional photos are great (that capture with Nana is definitely a must!), it’s often the smaller, in between moments that couples end up cherishing most for years to come. We asked Brent from Looyenga Photography to show us his top 10 photos he’s shot and tell us a little about why he loves them so much.
“Picking some of my favorite photos was a significant challenge. People have amazing expressions, and oftentimes a picture can tell so many stories. It isn’t always about the light, or the expression, or clothing; it’s all of these things and more. The photos below were selected because they tell stories. They are warm and beautiful and capture something unique. I can only hope they say something to you.”
1. I absolutely love this photo at Settlers Creek. Since the bride’s face is not visible, it brings my attention elsewhere: to the dress, the veil, and even the small details like the cracks in the barn doors. It looks like she’s entering a new era of her life — an enlightenment, if you will. Much like her environment is changing, her life is changing.
2. This is one of my favorite photos. The bride has such an amazing smile. The more I look, the more other things begin to stand out: her beautiful earring, her amazing hair, the flowers, and even the groom, with his neatly trimmed beard and broad shoulders, brings this whole thing together.
3. A planned, spontaneous bridal party photo. I simply wanted them to get “closer,” and as they did, I noticed they were taking it a little beyond what I asked, but I kept shooting. This is the perfect example of “the moment after the pose.” The original photo was fine, but this is so much better — genuine, unique, and absolutely awesome.
4. This is another example of a photo “after the pose.” The bride was actually trying to copy a very popular Pinterest photo (which never really gets me super pumped, but I understand the desire, and will always do my best), and I think we copied it quite well. However, this isn’t that photo. This one came as the beautiful girl (the bride’s daughter) was playing “peek-a-boo” with me through the veil. The best part was that I could see when she “hid,” and thus this photo. It was an awesome moment.
5. I love this photo for many reasons. The extreme detail and color on the couple really make them pop from the green background. The only other color from the background comes in the form of a tree behind them, almost as if their color is bleeding into the surrounding area. The focus is on their eyes, and I was able to do a little in-camera trick to blur out the rest of their bodies, which could have been distracting. Instead, the details are there, but not the focus.
6. The top of Schweitzer Mountain is an excellent location for a ceremony. I love the symmetry behind them, and even how the mountains are more defined on either side of the couple, almost as if they are framing them. It also captures the scope of the moment — the lake, the mountains, the sky. Beautiful.
7. The “We did it!” look is always a great moment at a wedding. So much emotion, pride, and excitement, all in one photo.
8. Sometimes I have the privilege of taking the couple aside for sunset photos. In this case, we hiked our way out in this field (the bride in her bare feet) and played around. We spun, we laughed, and we made this.
9. Chateau Rive has beautiful architecture inside and out, but I love how this complimented its brick and its more rustic look. The candles provided some really soft light on the couple, as well as a lot of interest in the foreground.
10. This couple truly danced the night away, so much so that we had just seven people to hold sparklers for their exit. That said, the bride grabbed a sparkler and everyone got in tight to give us one of the most epic “getaway” shots I’ve ever made. I love how the groom is holding her, and how she’s leaning into him. The sparklers are throwing light all over, making it dance around them. And their expressions show the hint of a smile through their kiss.
For more of Brent’s work, check out Looyenga Photography!
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