An Orthodox Jewish Calamigos Ranch Wedding

As a photographer, our storefront is our website. it's our portfolio, it's the first impression that we make on our potential clients, and it's commonly said that our portfolio is only as strong as our weakest image. You can imagine- we all collectively put a lot of pressure on ourselves to have the most beautiful 'storefront' there could ever possibly be.

but i'm sick of it. When we prescribe to that notion- that everything needs to be perfect and pretty and cohesive- we loose the story. 

and the story of the wedding day is such a beautiful thing. 

I hope you will appreciate that as I share more real moments with you in my work- more of the nitty gritty- more of the photojournalism. of course there is still the 'pretty'- but i think if we're being honest with ourselves we all know that isn't the whole story. 

I'm making a stand for the hair-still-in-curlers photos. for the un-make-up-ed face pictures. For the moments the wind blows through the hair and catches the bride off-guard. for the photos magazines dont want and you wont ever see published. For the grandfather that falls alseep during the ceremony. for all the 'ugly' that is so incredibly beautiful. 

As always, all shot on film.

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Thank you to Zalmy Berkowitz for inviting me along to this wedding- who i am thankful to call my friend as well as fellow photographer who is as incredible behind his film cameras as any photographer that ever lived.  please go see his magnificent work.