07.07.07 | Wedding

Published by MJR on April 27th, 2008 in Photos | Comments Off

Sean Flanigan | sean@wearemjr.com

The above frames were taken at the wedding of Jennifer and Robbie this past July. They were a fantastic couple from NYC. Jennifer had grown up in the PNW and had a strong connection to Seattle, this influenced her decision to hold her nuptials on the opposite coast. 

The success of the images above have little to do with my skill with the camera and much more to do with the relationship I was able to establish with the couple before the event. In all honesty, the photos were a success because I had a successful collaboration with the couple in making the frames. I wasn’t the weird guy with the camera, instead, I was just, Sean, hanging out and enjoying the festivities with the friends and family of the couple. I earned their trust before the wedding and respected that trust once I earned it. The couple was comfortable enough with me to be themselves and I knew I could work close to them without worrying if I was invading their space. There is so much more than good technique involved in making good, evoking frames.

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  1. Matt Says:

    April 27th, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    as much as we’d like to be invisible .. its not possible. attitude is the most important factor in photography.. how you approach your subjects will determine the kind of images you make. these were great sean.. love the 3rd frame and that horizontal line of the coach they were riding in.. awesome stuff.

  2. sean Says:

    April 27th, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    matt, exactly. it takes much effort to get the sort of images that we want to get. for the most part, you can’t just walk up to people and get in their grill without some sort of confrontation. Its as much about trust and respect as it is skill and technique.

  3. nacho Says:

    April 29th, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Sean, the photos do show that trust you’re talking about, and the last one just got into my chart of favourite wedding photographs!
    May I ask what film is that?

  4. sean Says:

    April 29th, 2008 at 11:22 pm


    It’s not film. these were shot on the 5D.
    Frame #1 was with the 35/1.4
    Frame #2 was the 50/1.2
    Frame #3 was the 24-70/2.8

    I used alien skin exposure for the post production on these.