It’s the Life Magazine gallery of their favorite images from Jackie & JFK’s wedding, many of which had never been published before. And knowing me well and that I am a big fan of all things nostalgic, black & white and Jackie Kennedy in general…she knew that I would want to see it. And she was so right!
What she didn’t necessarily know though (or maybe she did…my friends are pretty amazing like that!) is exactly how much looking at these pictures would set my heart on fire. For they stand for so much of what I believe wedding photography should be, and more and more of what we strive to have in our own work every day.
They are…honest. Intimate, Iconic. Raw. Unforced. Unposed. Documentary, while at the same time telling a deeper story. They exist, uninterrupted, as if a photographer wasn’t even there.
They are…authentic. Organic. Both in that they unfold naturally, and that they themselves seem to actually be breathing with life. Each and every one was taken with a refusal to say “pretend.” And when I look at them, it makes me feel like I was there.
They are graceful. Understated, not needing anything more to make them beautiful. Elegant. Emotional. Enduring. Unbounded by the pressures to give in to the trends of the day. And therefore, as relevant today as the day that they were taken.
These pictures set my heart on fire. And they remind me of why we do what we do.
For this & for friends who know me so well…I am grateful.
**All photos credited to: Lisa Larsen, Time & Life Pictures, Getty Images
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