The art of seeing is my passion. I want my pictures to tell the story of other people’s lives. I want my pictures to be about those people, not about how slick I am as a photographer. The list of photo tricks is long and dismal: tilting the camera, weird PhotoShop filters, goofy group shots, wacky expressions, oddball poses in strange places, enigmatic detail photos, fake candid situations. These gimmicks are often clumsy; seldom classic, and do not age well. I want my pictures to show reality well seen. When my couples look back at their wedding albums decades later, I want them to see themselves as they really were, doing things that came naturally to them rather than acting out dreamed up scenarios.
Photography for Dahlia’s wedding began six months before the wedding ceremony. I flew to her college in Minnesota to show her life as a student and with her fiancé. You might wonder what that has to do with a wedding. My answer is “everything.” To show normal life with friends interacting, relatives visiting, couples just being themselves gives a matrix for the wedding. A diamond by itself is incomplete. These pre-wedding pictures are the setting for the gem. I never spend less than two full days taking pictures.
COMPANY: Laszlo Bencze Photography