“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
The last few days of December is when we look back and reflect on the past year, scratch our heads and wonder how on earth it has flown by again so quickly. We dwell on what we have set out to achieve, the good bits, the bad bits and everything else in between.
For many photographers it’s a time of looking back at what we have photographed and put together all our best and most favourite images into an end of year review blog post.
I have many a times tried to put together such a post but seem to fail at it each year. I put my favourite images into a folder, shoot my last wedding just before Christmas, then collapse in a heap, hibernate for a bit and then January just happens, work picks up again and then there is simply no point in such a post anymore. So these folders just sit there, untouched on my desktop. Every year. Same story.
But then this year in October time I sat there one evening, procastinating, and opened those folders. What I found was lots of lovely images of happy smiley people, of beautiful Brides and handsome Grooms and yummy decorations and happiness and joy and laughter. Just what you would expect to find for an end of year post from a wedding photographer. And as much as I like those images, I found myself being drawn to something different.
I found almost silent images of places and things, little moments that I have come across and captured which perhaps on their own seem almost small and insignificant. But once I’ve put them all together, to me, they represent so well the feeling of the anticipation of the events of a wedding day. To me they seem to have an ability to store emotions and feelings within their frame. They are the quiet before the storm, the in-between and the after of a day that we plan and look forward to for so many months. They are little snippets, frozen in time, of a day that just flies by so quickly.
PS: Here’s to a happy, healthy and eventful 2015