Lihi HOD, Bridal Dress Collection – New YorkThe Pierre Hotel

“When the word beauty takes on its full meaning…” Bridal Dress Collection

I had never thought that one day I would enjoy photographing wedding dresses so much. I have always cared more about human relationships than anything else in my job. To me, the wedding dress will always be an essential element in our work. It makes the future bride feel beautiful, happy and radiant for these few important hours in a woman’s life. As professionals, we must do our best to photograph it using our cameras and our creativity.

The only thing that I keep in mind as my priority when I am with a bride is that the person wearing it is infinitely more important than the dress itself.
I like to call myself a storyteller, but I could just as easily be a “Human Photographer”, where human defines the person.
A dress might be beautiful, but when it is worn by a happy and radiant bride, it becomes stunning.

Lihi HOD is a true artist. She is one of those people I sincerely admire and deeply respect.
For me, taking the pictures at her wedding in Israel was much more than a photographic experience: it was a human experience. Artist… With Lihi, the word takes on its full meaning when she lets you have free rein and completely trusts you to capture the infinite beauty of her creations, adding just one, or rather a few words: “I want the photos to exude sensuality…”

The Pierre Hotel, Central Park – New York.
Presidential suite, 39th floor. 5.15pm

The view on Central Park is magnificent. I suddenly feel like I’m flying or gliding. Right now, I think that Lihi’s creations are exactly where they belong, close to heavens… I don’t dare to touch the dresses, these creations are wonders to me. I am happy just to look at them, to observe them as if they were “alive”… The rays of sunlight that filter through the windows of this suite at the end of the day light up these treasures, and suddenly decorate the walls with millions of golden stars on. The moment is magical.

Walking the corridors of the New-York palace with the beautiful women wearing these magnificent dresses, the places that at first seemed austere, lit up as they passed by. The long, dark, narrow corridor without any ornament looks like a podium when the model walks and lights up with the few spotlights.
Was it magic? I cannot tell… But what I do know is that the few hours I experienced here made my day a magical one.

“Somewhere in the sky…”

Brooklyn wedding photographerDyan & Dong

Brooklyn Wedding Photographer
I could write reams and reams and still I would not have enough space to describe how wonderful it was to write this story right in the heart of this city I love so much; New-York and its Brooklyn neighborhood.
It’s proof that love doesn’t happen only in magnificent landscapes and under a blazing sun in the southern hemisphere.

“Happiness is everywhere and we have to do our best to capture it. It’s something I have to do. It’s what I have set out to do, It’s my leitmotiv, my obsession. On a wedding day, my only focus is the couple.
I’m a photographer attracted by the human. These words, these sentences accompany me permanently during these days that I share with my couples.”

I don’t know which part of that rainy day moved me the most…
Their love, so visible through my lens as their eyes met for the first time on that pavement in Brooklyn.
When I was told that Dyan was wearing her mother’s wedding dress that she had made and sewn herself for her own wedding; Or the moving speech given by Dong’s brother that moved him to tears during the dinner…

Those are the kind of moments that everyone should experience in their lives. I hope you will too.
That menacing rain was kind to us. It enabled the young couple to discover one another on that small bit of sidewalk in New-York.
It held off so that the moving ceremony could take place out back of “The crest hardware” DIY shop, but not long enough for the newlyweds and the guests to end their day with an evening meal in the open air.

But it didn’t matter. Come hail or shine, or any other quirks of nature, it could not mar the young couple’s blissful happiness.

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Lauren & Dave, Los Angeles wedding photographer

I am lost in my thoughts, and the low, blazing afternoon sun warms my face. Some moments in your life just happen as if they were part of a preordained destiny, as if they just had to be part of your life path; to help you move forward, to grow, to confirm certain life choices and to show you the way you should keep following.

Hollywood, Los Angeles.
15th of September.
6.18pm.

These few letters here in front of me, raised like statues on their pedestals, remind me of my childhood. By constantly believing in them, and by hard work and many risks, my childhood dreams are being fulfilled after all these years. The dream of walking on the warm and colored earth of that hill, as I had done countless times in my imagination. The dream of travelling to meet people, and to experience moments that are as unforgettable as the couples I share them with. Dreams are there to make you want to live, hope and move on. Dreams make you happy, and are totally intoxicating when they become a reality…

Lauren & Dave.

With these two people, so obviously in love with one another, the word “connection” took on its full meaning. It was as if our meeting were part of our destiny. Once more, you are the living proof of the theory I have always believed in. Whatever the place, the landscape or any other “artifice”… For an artist, the present moment spent with the one you love is still the most beautiful scene to paint. I loved being able to give free rein to my imagination with you. The love you revealed during that short moment I shared with you was pure and real. That is the true meaning of happiness in my eyes and I need nothing more to be happy and fulfilled.

 

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