This tender moment between Lindsey and her sister happened at the reception of her Polebridge, Montana wedding.
Some moments are predictable, which makes my job as a photographer of emotion a little easier. But others happen when you're not paying attention. Fortunately I am almost always paying attention. That is the work ethic a documentary photographer has to abide by to get all the best stuff throughout a wedding day. In this case people were eating dinner. I eat mine in about five minutes so I can stay on point. Here Lindsey and her sister were sharing a moment while dozens of guests milled around. Knowing Lindsey was prone to emotion (more so with a little champagne), I would only let one eye wander from her at any given time.
As a Montana wedding photographer, I have to constantly be paying attention to both the light and the background, but most especially the moments. Sometimes the mountainous backdrops will help prop the image up, but I don't like to count on that. Take away the mountains and what have you left? If the answer is 'not much' then I haven't done my job. This image doesn't have the majesty behind him - it's simply a purely emotional photo. This would standalone in any city!
Location: 265 Polebridge Loop, Polebridge, MT 59928.