The picture on top of today’s blog post is one of my favourite images from last year. Do you ever wonder, how do great images get created? Although often it might seem like it is the photographer’s job, it isn't really that simple.
The morning of Jean and Lee’s wedding was quite misty with short spells of rain from time to time. Although the rain wasn’t very heavy, everything around was quite wet. By the time we got to the couple’s portraits the grass was covered in tiny drops of water. For most people that would have meant that we would have had to stay off the grass. Jean and Lee didn’t mind the water one bit. Jean took off her Jimmy Choos and threw on a pair of blue Toms and ran into the field. I started photographing them just running around and being playful with each other. Then something magical happened. A tiny bit of sunshine started peaking through the clouds and the whole field lit up. The light started reflecting on the dew like drops of water creating such a visually beautiful and unique scene. A very rare sight, really one of a kind.
If Jean and Lee didn’t have the adventurous spirit that they do and were afraid to get their feet wet or rush back to the reception venue at the sight of a rainy cloud the above picture would never have happened. As with many other things on the wedding day, it is all about working together as a team. Have a look at Jean’s pair of soaking wet Toms shoes.
Lee actually works for Toms, back in Amsterdam where they both live now. At the time of the wedding I didn’t know much about that company apart from the fact that they make shoes which are not very suitable for Irish weather. Since then I went to a photographic conference where Toms was one of the sponsors and I found out more about them. And well, I fell in love. Apart from the shoes they also make super cool sunglasses, bags and accessories. Each of their products follows ‘One for one’ initiative where with each product you purchase, Toms helps a person in need. The initiative started with giving out shoes to children in Argentina, but it spread quickly to also providing sight, water and safe birth all over the World.
Aren’t they amazing? Now, it is probably time to give the stage back to Jean & Lee. In typical fashion, the Kingdom of Kerry surprised everyone with all four seasons in one day. The weather later in the day changed completely and everyone enjoyed the afternoon of the glorious sunshine. I also must say that I was in awe of Jean & Lee’s killer style, Jean’s boho look and Lee’s embroidered suit jacket looked fantastic. They are probably the type of couple who wins ‘Best Dressed’ competition at every party they go to. *Sigh*