Photographed by Candice Marie Photography

Story

After the ceremony, cocktail hour, and portraits the couple and their family and all the guests gathered in the field outside their venue. The bride and her family are Jewish, and a big part of Jewish weddings is the Hora where everyone dances in two circles; one for the men and one for the women. The Mezinke also follows and the couple is lifted in the air on chairs while holding onto a handkerchief.

Often the men gather around and throw the groom up in the air in celebration, which is what happened in this photo. The groom is the kind of guy who doesn’t seek attention, so to be thrown up high in the air was an adrenaline-pumping experience. He was thrown into the air multiple times, and not everyone looked as graceful as this one image.

I wish I could say that I orchestrated a lot in this shot, but this was purely candid. I made sure that I was looking down the line of men to get as many facial expressions as possible, and used my wider lens (35mm) to get the context of the photo in the shot. Other than that, I did a lot of what they call “spray and pray” where you take as many pictures as you can, and hope that one will be composed beautifully.

That’s one thing that I am most proud of in this photo; the composition. The groom isn’t touching any of the other objects in the photo; neither in the background nor the foreground. At first, it bothered me that his hands are a little blurry, but now I appreciate it because it shows you just how fast this all happened and that he was flailing his limbs a little. I would say the most challenging part of the whole Hora event is how fast things happen and having to battle the moving people everywhere to get each shot. In the end, you just have to have fun with it and move around a lot!
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Composition

Center FramedMiddle ThirdsMid Range

Take a lot of images when it comes to moving objects as you don’t have as much control over still subjects. Don’t be afraid to move yourself to get what you need; squat down and get low, stand on your toes, move side to side, stand on a chair/rock nearby, etc. If you’re only taking images at your normal standing height, chances are your images won’t be composed properly. Sometimes certain situations can be really hard to compose properly (eg. you can’t get high enough) and that’s ok! Just do the best you can!

Focusing

Single Point Focused on Groom’s face Single Shot Autofocus
Light & Weather

Soft LightNatural LightCloudy

Equipment & EXIF

1/250 f/3.2 ISO 200 WB Auto

Camera

Canon 5D Mark III

Lens

Canon 35mm f/1.4 L II

Additional Equipment

N/A

Flash / External Light

N/A

Flash / External Light Setup

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Editing

This image was edited with

GP - 01 (turned personal - they no longer look similar)

Challenges & Solutions

Location

Garden / Field Canada

Fraser River Lodge

7984 McDonald Rd S, Agassiz, BC V0M 1A2

Final tips & Advice

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Candice Marie Photography

Photographer Canada Canon 5D Mark IV Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
I started out like anyone else; taking as many pictures as I could in high school and university. From there it was clear that this is what I was meant to do; photograph people in love and create beautiful and unique experiences for them! The PNW is my home and I love to explore and travel as much as I can. With the pandemic shutting things down, I found a new joy in renovating our basement, baking sourdough bread, and making authentic Neopolitan Pizza for my family every Friday. I know getting married is a big deal, and that’s why I care SO much about what I do. Photographing elopements in the outdoors is my thing, and even though I am extroverted, I love spending quality time with just my couples to get to know them better. My favourite part of an elopement day is probably the ceremony when a couple shares their personal vows. One thing you should know is that I will pretty much do anything to get great pictures. So far I have climbed mountains, waded in rivers, stood on cliffs, been soaked in the rain, driven sketchy roads, and probably other things that I can’t currently recall. Bottom line; getting married is a super special time, and I love helping couples make their day amazing and super memorable!
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“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

Designed with love by Katharina + Katharina & Shayne Thomas. Background image by Adrián Vilanova

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