Our style incorporates the warmth and intimacy of good portraiture as well as the spontaneity and truth of good photojournalism. We use a combination of photographic styles that blend together to give a sense of the whole wedding day. I always do some portrait-style photos of the people involved. That's very important. But letting something real happen in the course of taking these photos adds another very rich dimension. Often we will work with several cameras to capture different visual and emotional perspectives. For example, while I am photographing the portraits with a medium-format camera, my assistant might be taking 35-millimeter candids of the people watching or interacting on the sidelines. Both of us are looking for the intimate moments that happen in between. We try to make the whole portrait session more of an experience, an extension of the festivities rather than a "sitting".
I also take "story" pictures that document what is happening-dancing, cake-cutting, interactions with guests. These shots give a sense of the fun people are having, the emotions. Then I take setting pictures, which show what everything looks and feels like before the guests arrive. The flowers, the place-settings, the room it all happens in--once it fills with guests it tends to get lost in the photos, so it's important to capture.
DB: You take a huge number of pictures. How do you manage to get it all done?
EH: I work with assistants, who are very skilled and very well trained. They each bring their own creativity to the pictures; we work as a team, play off each other. Each person does something different: the bride and groom, guest shots, wide angle or close-ups, color or black and white, the cocktails, dining. Nothing is missed.