Swinging Stress Free

Swinging Stress Free

Why I Love This Photograph


When I first started this series I had planned on not using any of my portfolio images. However, this image is one of my absolute favorites and seeing how the past two posts were a bit melancholy I thought this could liven up the “why I love this photograph” series.

I shot this image in 2016 at Allison and Lukes wedding at the St. Charles Country Club. This swing was just to the rear of the venue and Allison convinced her sister and a groomsmen to jump on so she could push. Apparently Allison has quite shove-off.

There are two main reasons why I love this shot. First it is a completely un-staged candid moment and that’s why it feels so real. Candid images are always full of emotion and have the ability to bring both the viewer and subject back to the feeling of that moment. Secondly, and most importantly - Allison was one of those stress free brides who simply enjoyed her wedding day. We walked the grounds (and even took a spin in the golf carts) and haphazardly looked for cool spots to make some images. She had no preconceived images and as a result, together we walked away with a handful of really nice authentic photographs that documented their day.


Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.
— Anonymous

For The Photographers:

Camera: Fuji XT1

Lens: Fuji 56mm f1.2

Flash: Not Fired

Exposure: ISO 200 / f1.2 @ 1/2000

Mode: Aperture Priority