With every wedding I photograph I bring along many years of photographic experience for the Bride, Groom & their families. I have seen everything… mostly all beautiful, but occasionally bad and sometimes even the ugly. All this experience enables me to anticipate and capture so much that happens during a wedding day.
FROM THE PAST
This image is one I took almost 40 years ago, in a Melbourne CBD street much like any other. A black and white photograph of an old homeless man who was sitting all alone. When I later developed the image in my darkroom (no digital in those days), I realised I had frozen in time a period of a mans life, and it suddenly dawned on me the enormous power that a photograph can have to record life and to evoke emotion in the viewer, which in this case for me was one of sadness. The photo won an award, and as a proud teenager it paved the way for my life long journey into photography.
Today when I photograph at weddings, I am very much aware that as I click the shutter on my latest high-tech equipment, I am essentially still doing what I did all those years ago with my old 35mm SLR film camera. I am seizing and freezing moments that will live on forever. Images that when looked at in years to come will take families right back in time to that very second.
As a Father myself of four beautiful children (ages 24, 22, 16 and 7) I understand how at the end of the day weddings are really just all about love and family, and how important it is for each family to have their special moments captured as if it were my own.
When I'm not busy at weddings I am often out enjoying street photography. Being able to capture candid moments in life on the street is an acquired skill that I employ for my couples during their weddings. You can see some of my street work on Flickr.com @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/alanrogers_photographer or ViewBug @ https://www.viewbug.com/member/alanrogers