I had to share this photo and the story that goes with it. This is a photo of Leslie and Evan who just got married and Leslie’s brothers and sisters. All but one person is smiling pleasantly and being all good for a pretty standard family group shot. All but one.
Now, some people would cut this photo from the list. Some would get frustrated at this.
This is not a failed photograph, this is a success!
Huh? I can hear you from here….
This is a memory. Everyone in that photo and nearby at the time will remember this exact moment. For one, because of the reaction the little girl had, for two, because I told them this isn’t a bad thing, it’s a good one!
Sure, I would have preferred she relax and smile but… hey, I’m a storyteller. To me, it’s these “imperfect” photos that help tell your wedding day story. Sure, someday she might be embarrassed by it, or, she might laugh. Either way, this is a photo that gets a reaction, people will remember it.
That makes it significant.
Things will go wrong at weddings. Don’t sweat the small stuff. You know how it goes.