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Candid Moments in Wedding Photography

The hidden moments. These are the ones that people remember years down the road. When a couple looks at their wedding photos a decade later, I don't want them to say, "look, honey, remember that? That's when Cliff told us to make each other laugh."

I had no idea what they were saying to one another, and frankly, it doesn't matter. What matters is that they were in their own world at their reception, and all I had to do was observe them and work the moment a little bit. Anticipation here, reaction there, and we'll see a few frames that will mean something to them later on.

Capturing the hidden moments are what I enjoy most about the weddings that I do. It's the moments we find—rather than the moments we fabricate— that are the most gratifying to me as a photographer.

This image was shot in Lexington, Kentucky, at a fabulous french restaurant called Le-Deauville. This groom is a photographer and hired me to travel, and I was so lucky to be able to work at this amazing venue.

It was during the dinner reception, and they were seated at a sidewalk table. Twilight had hit, and the candles on tables were beginning to illuminate the scene. Iskra and Caleb were in their own world, and this is a little peek into it.

Nikon D4, Nikkor 85mm 1.4G

1/200; f/1.4; ISO 2500; 85.0 mm.