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WPJA Award Winning

I was super excited to find out that two of my images were selected in the Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) contest category, Full Frame Black & White. It’s a huge honor to get recognition from the WPJA.

From WPJA.com:
The Wedding Photojournalist Association puts the world’s best wedding photography at your fingertips. We offer a new perspective on wedding photography – quietly capturing the real moments as they happen for the bride and groom. It is our goal to use photography to tell the story of your wedding day, not dictate it for you.

This picture was taken while Gabrielle and her Dad were in the car on the way to Church. I was sitting in front, always at the ready for my documentary coverage, but this particular and powerful moment between Father and Daughter, shortly before he was to give her away, gave me pause. I couldn’t help to not only observe, but also deeply feel the way they looked at each other – Gabrielle’s soft tears, restrained only by the need for composure, and the intense and tender emotion that can be glimpsed on their faces. I told them they were going to make me cry as I felt my own eyes becoming wet.

In this picture is a special moment between the Groom’s father and the Bride right after the ceremony ended. The day was so full of special, real moments. There is an overwhelming theme of heartfelt emotion that runs through the pictures. For instance, this one of Robert’s Dad, Bruce, who displayed great emotion throughout the ceremony. Especially in the deep hug he gave Nanci afterwards when they greeted their guests and received congratulations. What a beautiful way to welcome the bride into her new family!