EH: There are a lot of factors, but I think it really comes down to vision. When you hire someone to do a project and you say to him "use your imagination. Go wild." The finished product will be a reflection of the scope of that person's vision and imagination. Many photographers are used to producing a 40-page album with standard, sure-seller photographs. But we try to keep our vision wide. Each wedding typically takes at least one to two months of man- hours from start to finish, and our final products are extremely varied. We usually tell the story in several albums, each containing over 100 images.
DB: What is your main goal then, when you shoot a wedding? How do you achieve this richness and scope?
EH: My primary goal is to take pictures that have a truth and an intimacy to them, as if they were taken by a close friend of the family. I want a sense of reality and time and place, and I want to be complete in my coverage. You can't achieve that if you just take portraits. On the other hand, with the photo-documentary style, you get a lot of spontaneity, but it can also lack intimacy. To truly capture all the emotions and meaningful moments of the day, you need a broader approach.
DB: How do portraits and photo-documentary-type photography fit into your approach if they both lack important qualities?