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Happy Monday everyone! I had quite the weekend, having a blast photographing a group of four high school senior guys around Seattle. That work technically falls under Senioritis Photography, the baby brother studio to first-born Wallflower, a dedicated brand of high-end senior portrait photography that I’m slowly building on the side. I really enjoy how photographing teenagers gets me to push my comfort zone of posing, lighting and framing. By flexing a different set of creative muscles, I think these senior shoots make me a better wedding photographer.

I also finished editing the photos from Jenn and Kirk’s wedding a few weeks ago at Chambers Bay, and somehow we find ourselves all caught up on weddings — now that’s cause for a happy Monday! Although it’ll be a few months before I’m blogging about their wedding, I wanted to share a little bit of magic that I discovered in their set of photos:

Photo of bride and groom's first dance, with sunburst of light from flash on bridesmaid's camera causing lens flares, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

Beautiful, isn’t it? Laura snapped this photo during Jenn and Kirk’s first dance. The moment shared by the newlyweds is romantic enough on its own, but the sunburst of light coming into the scene from behind them transformed the image into something magical. Shining directly into the optical elements of Laura’s lens, the light exploded, flaring into rings of rainbows. A pair of bubbles that floated into the scene provide just an extra touch of magic, and a funky “color aging” effect finishes it off nicely.

So where did the sunburst of light come from? It wasn’t from us! This photo, taken a few seconds earlier, gives us the answer:

Photo of bride and groom's first dance, showing source of sunburst of light, by Wallflower Photography of Tacoma, Washington

See the bridesmaid sitting behind our dancing couple? Her camera’s pop-up flash fired at exactly the same moment as Laura opened her camera’s shutter for a mere 1/125th of a second to capture her photo. It’s quite the miracle of timing, really.

It’s true that some of history’s best photos are as much the result of luck as skill. But it’s up to us photographers to put ourselves in position for good fortune to happen to us. It’s what separates the good from the great, and in this particular instance at least, Laura was great. I hope you agree.

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