Your Wedding Photographer Tom Zelinsky

Handfasting Ceremony Photography


Amazing handfasting ceremony photography reportage

You can see the handfasting ceremony photography reportage below and read more about handfasting on Wikipedia. I also read this. Such a ceremony I photographed for the first time, and I wanted to learn more about it before. When I read about the Celtic handfasting ceremony, it seemed mysterious and magical to me. It was in reality.

Anyway, every time I look into the viewfinder of my camera, amazing things happen there. Every I take photos, I’m focused on …photographing, and I’m not affected by external stimuli. I don’t pay attention to what’s outside the frame, although my eyes are around my head. It’s hard to tell, but I’m running amok.

When I returned home after finishing work, basically, I didn’t remember the individual frames I had captured. All I really remember it was a very hot day. The next day, when I looked at the pictures on the monitor, I was delighted with what I saw. Magic happened!

The photos made up a short but incredible story of the handfasting ceremony. That was my aim: to create a short photo reportage.
I always take pictures, so-called official. However, the best ones, in my opinion, are the unposed, natural ones. Then I can capture natural behaviour and real emotions. The most interesting photos I can take when manage to go unnoticed when no one pays attention to me.

Handfasting ceremony photography – unposed photos

How to recognize unposed photos? It’s very easy. Look at my photos and see when people do not look into the camera because they are busy with something else and more important.
I’ll tell you a secret. As can be seen, you don’t have to look into my lens, so I could take a great picture. But quite the opposite. Do not look! It’s important to realize that the photographer will take a good picture without seeing your eyes. Moreover, you don’t need to see the photographer, either. When you see the photos afterwards, as a result, you will be positively surprised by what you see.

I’m a photographer and didn’t think I’d have to write about handfasting ceremony photography and photos overall and describe them. In fact, I used to write a book, but now I photograph and tell stories with photos. However, it turns out that there must be some text on this page for Google to like my photos. Therefore, I wrote a few words. I believe that with or without the text, you will enjoy my photos, dear recipient of this content.

Handfasting ceremony photography

When I look at these photos now, I go back to that day and relive those moments with the bride and groom… However, if you watch them, you will either like them or not. You probably won’t feel what the newly-weds or their photographer felt at the time. But if you’ll be in the photos I’ll take at your wedding, things will be different. I can guarantee it. I’ll capture the emotion, intimacy, and beauty of the entire ceremony through carefully composed shots of your hands, the exchange of vows, the exchange of rings, and the tying of the knot.

Watching one’s own wedding or handfasting photos can elicit a range of emotions. You may feel happy and grateful to have such beautiful photos from one of the most important days of your life. Looking at wedding photos can evoke nostalgia and a longing for that special day and the loved ones who were present. Can bring back specific moments from the wedding day and allow people to relive them.
Finally, looking at the photos can also bring a sense of satisfaction and pride in the photographer’s work and the quality of the photos. And this will be a big reward for me!

Overall, looking at one’s wedding photos can bring about a mix of positive and sometimes nostalgic or bittersweet emotions. However, for the most part, viewing these cherished memories is a heart-warming and enjoyable experience for many people.



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Stan and Dawn Marie – Short handfasting ceremony photography reportage.
Shot on a farm near Tavistock, West Devon, summer of 2021.

Author of photos and text: Tom Zelinsky – Your Wedding Photographer

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