If you were asked to consider what wedding photographs with no faces would look like, you’d probably assume there had been some kind of mistake. A bad photographer, a dropped camera or an error during processing maybe. But we actually take quite a few images that don’t include faces at all. It’s a horrifying thought for some, and yet often these images can be among my favourites from particular parts of the day. Images without faces can in themselves be beautiful and expressive. Sometimes though, they’re just a piece of a much larger puzzle. A champagne glass raised in the air for example, or an intricate area of beading on a dress. They add fullness to the story.
Wedding photographs with no faces
If lockdown has taught many of us anything, it’s that there are many ways to love. Love goes far deeper than being able to see the faces of the people we hold dearest. Love isn’t always about being able to look someone in the eye, or to hold them- as much as we may want to. Emotion isn’t only found in smiles or tears. We can express joy and gratitude and fear in so many ways.
Love is gestures and acts of kindness. The love for a friend or a neighbour. It’s being there in mind and spirit if not in body. Love can overcome far more than physical boundaries. In years to come we’ll tell stories of how we all loved from afar- without faces, without hugs, without seeing the sparkle in our parents eyes. All the things we’ve taken for granted before now. When all this is done we will hold hands and feel the warmth of another soul next to ours and we wont be scared. We will be grateful for the reminder of all the ways we are able to love one another.
And that’s why I love wedding photographs with no faces. You can tell so much from body language. From composition. From actions. Here are just a few select images featuring no faces. You can also find this cross posted on our instagram
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