So, here is the thing about emotions. . . / by Alex Rivera

The idea has been floating around in my head for a while now, and since it stuck around after the whole brain surgery thing, it's time to get crackin' at it. When I began my career in photography I wasn't much for black and white photos, call it what you will, but it just wasn't for me. 7 years later and I've grown to love it, like. . . a lot.

Now, I know all to well how much time, effort and money goes into the details of a wedding day. The shoes, jewelry, bridesmaids dresses, flowers, table decorations, etc, they all look great in one color scheme or another, but they are only a small part of a wedding day. People and their emotions are what "make" a wedding day, they're what counts. 

This brings me back to the idea that's made it's home bouncing around in my head for the past few years. A wedding day shot entirely in black and white, and strictly from a photojournalistic standpoint.

The black and white end of this idea may very well be to satisfy some weird thing going on in my own head, and I'm okay with that. I say shot entirely as a photojournalist would for one reason and one reason only, you cannot alter or conjure up real emotion. Sure, I could crack a bad joke or two and get a smirk or maybe even a laugh, but how genuine is that? No posed formals, no posed group shots, no posed anything, just your day as it unravels itself. 

It's an idea that is certainly not for everyone, but it is for someone. Eventually I will find that someone and hopefully get to shoot them. . . . on their wedding day. (remember what I said about bad jokes?)