This month we're inspired by romance that breaks convention. Stories found in shadows and dreams, in windswept landscapes and spontaneous adventures. We're searching for interpretations found from within, perspectives on romance nutured from years of experience. Intrigued by the myriad of emotive, soul-stirring moments a wedding photographer is exposed to daily, we were intrigued to know what romance is to an artist like Damien Milan. We asked Damien to choose four moments that epitomize romance, and share the stories behind each capture...
L O C A T I O N
Matt and Emily exchanged vows in front of a field of lavender so I thought it would be special for them to return there just before dusk and share a quiet moment amongst the lavender to take the day in. I am always amazed to witness the beautiful things that happen in front of my lens just by leaving the couple in a meaningful place for a moment. Their connection becomes even stronger and for an instant, nothing else matters than the present. I feel extremely privileged when a couple trusts me enough to express their raw feelings in front of the camera in all their vulnerability.
C H E M I S T R Y + L I G H T
This image epitomises Romance to me because of the beautiful chemistry between the couple. We ventured into this old locomotive workshop together but had to stay quiet as we were not officially allowed to be there. I had noticed the soft light coming through that window so I whispered Tim and Jancis to slowly walk in that direction and stop in front of the window. The rest happened so naturally and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. To me the light here augments the intensity of the moment, adding a touch of mystery.
A D V E N T U R E + N A T U R A L E L E M E N T S
Another important element that triggers Romance to me is a sense of adventure. When you are in Norway and the groom works for the naval infantry, it almost becomes an obligation to go rowing on the adjacent fjord against any weather warnings. The mother of the bride had warned us that there was a hole in the rowboat that she had found for us and we therefore could only enjoy fifteen minutes of peace before it started sinking. I personally couldn’t think of a more perfect way for a couple to start married life together and the pouring rain only added to the Romance. In this frame, Eirunn seems to be having the time of her life while her new husband Stian is working hard to scoop the pool of water from the boat to keep them afloat!
I M P R O M P T U M O M E N T S
As a photographer you can think about all of the above when trying to create real and raw images that epitomise Romance but what is even more important to me is the ability to anticipate impromptu moments. In this particular image I carefully thought about composition and framing but I never anticipated that a gust of wind at the right time would make this moment even more perfect, adding a sense of timelessness to it.
See more of Damien Milan's work (and discover his upcoming Europe travel dates!) on his website.