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September's Featured Photo of the Month!

Title: The sweetest treat

Taken: July 3, 2015 in Little Compton, Rhode Island.

Shot with: Nikon D-3S camera body,

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom lens.

Shot at: 70 mm, 1/200 sec at f / 3.5, ISO 5000

I love wedding details.

Without a doubt, one of the most fascinating aspects of wedding photography to me is the little touches a couple puts into the big day.

If you go to a wedding, take a look around. Literally everything you see is something a bride and groom (or more likely just the bride) spent days, if not weeks or months, planning down to a tee.

For me, these little details say a lot about the couple but, more importantly, make or break a wedding day.

And that's why I love the photo featured in this space that I took at Lauren and Kevin's July wedding at Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyard in Little Compton, Rhode Island so much.

At first glance, this photo is just a cool cake topper and some nice lights behind it but, honestly, it's so much more to me.

You see, what you can't see in this photo is the wide open white tent behind me or the fire extinguisher and cooking staff running around trying to serve dinner.

But to me, it's a great representation of what weddings are.

Lost in the hustle and bustle of a catering crew going bazerk and a couple hundred guests getting ready to chow down on what was a fantastic meal is this little cake topper.

It's a small detail, one many of the guests probably never noticed, but it's such a cute touch made even more special by the amazing uplighting behind it.

This little cake topper also represents, at least to my over-analytical self, the finish line for this couple that no doubt spent months, if not years, waiting for this day.

So while some may look at this photo and say "Wow, cool shot," to me it represents much more and tells a story that only the photographer and the couple will ever know.

And if that's not the coolest reason for you to pick up your camera right this second and go out and photograph the world around you, with a special emphasis on tellings stories through your lens, then I don't know what is.

This is why I do photography. To tell stories. And some stories will leave an impact on you long after you press the shutter button.

Beyond the Lens: A blog by Paul J. Spetrini

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