Creating artwork centered on one of the most important days of a couple's lives is my life's work. It still humbles me every time I'm asked to be a part of their wedding day, and it is an honor that I approach with the utmost respect and discretion. I am always grateful to be able to witness two become one, and to be trusted to capture that moment.
Great wedding photographers have the skills needed to capture the moment as it happens, without the bride and groom noticing the photographer’s presence. Floating from one shadow to the next, only being seen when the flash fires, then in an instant being invisible again. The goal is to tell the story of the day over and over again for years to come, and to make the images even more beautiful than the memories. The only way to capture such images, is to go unseen. This is how true moments in time are captured. Such is the mark of a wedding artist - a storyteller without words.
After that perfect image is captured, then I can paint. I consider my work avant-garde, simply because society has so quickly embraced a digital existence, and a one-of-a-kind...anything...is rare.
I can see why some would call my work traditional, however. I don't mind the distinction, and I enjoy the mixing of traditional and experimental. The world has gone digital, and it is refreshing to bring back the best elements of the traditional and mingle them with modern concepts.
Let your words be few, and your exposures numerous.
*Brad is photographed under the painting Gallery Bride, a 30x48 Oil on Canvas painted from a photo taken in an art gallery in Pensacola, Fl. Trish is captured remembering her wedding day through
black and white photos arranged in chronological order.