Genius

Craig, 

Yesterday, finally the suspense was over... I am very sorry to admit that I had started to wonder whether the dream-like state that the monumental effort it took for you to drive non-stop through the night to make it to our wedding, had resulted in a sub-standard portfolio of images... Could I really be that un-photogenic that it would take so long to edit my photos... 

However, yesterday evening I had the immense pleasure of reliving the emotion, anticipation, elation and amusement of the day through the eyes of my guests, through the eyes of a genius. Having followed your Instagram feed, to someone who loves a quote, here’s one for you: “Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see”. 

You are a genius. 

Craig, you have managed to capture the beauty of moments that were very personal to me, your photos evoke so many of the specific emotions from the day that I felt. They take me back to this incredible moment that I have been desperate to capture, remember, stash away and preserve in my thoughts forever. To see Sam walk out from the chateau in that dress... To hear the beautiful words of my cousin in the intimate ceremony... To feel the whole party hanging on my speech... To totally lose myself in the love of everyone around me, completely fit to burst out of the happiness I felt for the futures to come with my new (and totally stunning) wife...

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Aside of the enormous collective beard-envy from my mates, it is perhaps the biggest compliment to say that you weren’t really noticed, this wasn’t an in-your-face-oh-god-there-is-the-camera-put-on-a-smile experience. The results are stunning. Somehow you went about your business in the shadows, while at the same time absorbing the emotion that everyone was feeling around you – I kind of wish my whole life was documented like this, given I have an infamously patchy memory whenever booze has been involved, the blur of my twenties... Countless people have commented what a great guy the photographer was, how great it was to meet you, and I am sorry that I didn’t get the opportunity to give you a ‘thank you’ on the scale of which you deserved on the day, now with the benefit of hindsight, having had the chance to re-live it all through the gift of your shutter. I very much hope our paths cross in the future so that I can begin to try to. 

No doubt Sammy will want to meet up and give you a massive hug, to let you know how grateful she is for being lucky to be able to remember our day in this way for ever more. But on a personal note I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am, as someone that dared question the cost of locking you in as our photographer, as someone who hates a “cheesy wedding shoot”. It was the best decision we could have made. 

Please do look us up if you have any spare time in your ridiculous schedule and happen to find yourself in London. Perhaps when wedding season is over.

Thank you, really. 

Chris

 

149-Avenue de la République, Paris. 92400 | +44 7435 606433 | craig@craig-george.com

See the bride look at you with venerable hope!

It's 4am
having photographed my last full French wedding yesterday I'm unable to sleep out of sheer pain - my body is broken and a physiotherapist session is very much needed. 

I've put everything I have emotionally and physically into this incredible season. 

I've been sat on many an aeroplane wondering why I do it, why the 5am starts on "travel days", the constant tiredness upon waking up, the editing on the road to provide a satisfactory turn around time for beautifully understanding couples. 

'you see' no matter how many times you've met with your couples before their wedding it's only when you arrive in the morning, and make that first eye contact with the bride that you get to see her look at you with vulnerable hope! 

She knows, you know, the day is planted at your feet to do an amazing job of covering the day in a way that will re create the emotion she's feeling right then and there. 

They're not fatigued, they haven't seen 65 weddings this year... It's their first one, their only one! 

When I see that emotion in them, that first hello! It never ever fails to inspire me.
That's it. 

For the next 12 hours or so, nothing else exists. 

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I'm heading up to Paris now, to photography 2 beautiful couples and then heading home to see my little girl because I miss her terribly. X