I have always loved the quote by Annie Liebovitz “The camera makes you forget you’re there. It’s not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much.” I have always got totally lost in the moment when looking through a lens and this focus is what got me through Alice and Seamus’s wedding.
You see two and a half weeks before their big day I I fell off my bicycle and broke my collar bone and concussed myself something silly. Apparently one of the first things I said to the doctor when I was totally out of it and in the hospital was “I don’t care what you do, I have to shoot a wedding in a fortnight – fix me!” And so the doc operated and put a pin and a few screws into the bone to speed up the healing process. One cannot call in sick if you are a wedding photographer and I knew it would be incredibly difficult to find a replacement as they got married on a very popular date of the year.
Alice gave me very strict instructions that she didn’t want loads of posed photos – she wanted me to capture moments, emotion and atmosphere, and this is what allowed me to forget about my physicality and be transported by this focus that comes with looking through the lens.