As I was gathering images for a new website, I notice that I've lost touch with many images, but I still have many that have stood the test of time with ME. This image was taken in 2008 near Playa Del Secreto, Mexico a few years ago, and I still remember the wedding well.
Playa del Secreto is adjacent to Playa Del Carmen, and weddings at Playa Del Carmen are quite common. The reception was held at a private estate, and the church was a short drive away. This church had so much character, and the light was pure gold.
I'm always searching for moments, and before ceremonies is a great time to find some of the most organic and genuine emotions of the day.
It was shortly before the ceremony, and Tri, our groom, was in the sacristy waiting to walk down the aisle. As I went back through the altar and into the hallway to the sacristy, I saw Tri facing the window looking out. What I also saw was an amazing juxtaposition with Jesus behind him to the left. This photo has stayed with me for 7 years now, and I guess I still like the visual illusion that Jesus has his arm around Tri, and that he's blessing the marriage.
During my seminars and workshops, I've often told attendees that the longer you take pictures, the more critical you'll be of your own work. That self-criticism is a truly important element in the growth process. The motivation is to make pictures you haven't made before. Once in a while, I'll make a picture that resonates with me. This photo did just that, and still does.
Shot in 2008, with a Nikon D700 AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8 VR.
Location: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.1/1000; f/2.8; ISO 400; 102.0 mm.