Working with couples who are head-over-heels for each other is the only way to capture real moments, according to Seattle-based photographer Lucas Mobley. "The way two people look at each other says volumes," he says. "It's that sparkle in their eyes. It's that knowing glance at each other. It's the little gestures and whispers. From a photographer's perspective, you can't fake chemistry and authentic connection."
On their big day, these grooms had all of that. "Nathan and Tyrone love their friends and they wanted to make their celebration about bringing the people they care about together and treating them to a unique experience. Great food and rooftop Seattle views are perfect for that!"
On another note, adds Mobley, "I find great photography is as much about the photographer as it is about the subject. If you are uncomfortable and not at ease in a situation, your photos will show that. If you aren’t excited about your subject, your photos will show that. If you don’t connect with your subject, your photos will show that. Great photography is about looking inside and exploring ourselves, then turning that exploration a bit outward."
To remove some potential barriers between him and his subjects, Mobley sold his Canon cameras and switched to Fuji mirrorless gear. "There is a significant learning curve, but it’s an intuitive and streamlined system," he explains. "More importantly, the cameras are small and quiet, and the image quality is insane. This freed me up to focus on connecting with people as a person, not as a photographer. I could talk about the importance of connecting with people for ages."
GEAR OF THE DAY
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro2
Lenses: Fujifilm 23mm f/.4, 35mm f/1.4, 56mm f/1.2
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