Short Story #115

The gentleman's gesture.

This was a kiss right out of a movie. It was not staged. This kiss was an emotional response and it made for a wonderful picture. The man wept while his bride was escorted down the aisle. There was nothing more romantic that man could have done at that point than to softly take her hand and gently press his lips to it. 

Elements of this story.

All smiles: There are five smiles in all. Actually six including yours. Smiles reflect the moment that is unfolding. When you see a smile, in this case many, you can't help but to feel the emotion as if you where actually there.

Taking of the hand: The way he takes his brides hand is the way you would imagine a romantic doing so. Following the gentle touch by a even softer kiss gives the sense of fragility, only this moment could not be broken.

Feel what you can't see: Can you see the brides grin? Can you feel the emotion on her face? Absolutely. Sometimes you do not actually need to have a clear view of someone's face to know what they are feeling. You take in all of what the scene is giving you and make your own determination of what emotion would be present. How could you not smile during a moment like this?

Thank you so much for taking the time to open yourself up to this short story. As always, it is my intention to help show others there is so much more to just liking a photo. It's important that we find pieces of ourselves in others photographs. 

Sincerely,

Jordan Ruiz

Feeling inspired yet? You are always welcome to review my candids page where you will find precious moments and stories captured throughout some of the most important days of our lives.

 

Short Story #114

All hands on dress.

A mothers hands, a sisters hands and a daughters dress. When photographing a wedding you have to keep moving. You don't have the time to stop and see what you have. This was one of those photos where I had no idea what I really had until I began editing. I knew I had a photograph of the brides mother and sister assisting her, I just hadn't thought about the significance of the generations. 

Elements of this story.

So many hands: Generally there is one set of hands performing this task. In this case there were two equally important family members assisting with the dress. The photo wouldn't have been the same had the frame not been filled with hands.

Contrasting hands: The two sets of hands vary greatly. Clearly the hands on top have had more use but are equally as delicate as the others. The pinky is a dead giveaway. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to open yourself up to this short story. As always, it is my intention to help show others there is so much more to just liking a photo. It's important that we find pieces of ourselves in others photographs. 

Sincerely,

Jordan Ruiz

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Short Story #113

Long lasting love.

We where all there. About twenty to thirty couples standing on the dance floor. With a slow song playing over the loud speakers the DJ had called all of the couples to the center of the dance floor to celebrate marriage together. As the song went on he would announce that only couples that have been married for a certain number of years stay on the dance floor. Over time the years increased until myself along with many others had been removed. Finally the second to the last couple had been stripped away revealing the final two people left standing there in the center of us all. These two, married for over fifty years stood there and danced in front of me in what was one of the most touching moments I have ever experienced at a wedding.

 

Elements of this story.

Classic: The way they danced just screamed of the life they live. The music was different in their earlier years, society was on a different trajectory, and time moved at a tenth of the speed it does now. They grew up in a time when this was the way you danced and the way you acted. They are original.

The look: You can measure the love one has for another by just one look. What she is thinking is for her to know and us to wonder.

Resting of the hand: The position of his hand serves as a foundation for her hand to rest and also as a clear indicator of his dedication to support her. He will carry the weight of her hand so she does not have to.

Thank you so much for taking the time to open yourself up to this short story. As always, it is my intention to help show others there is so much more to just liking a photo. It's important that we find pieces of ourselves in others photographs. 

Sincerely,

Jordan Ruiz

Feeling inspired yet? You are always welcome to review my candids page where you will find precious moments and stories captured throughout some of the most important days of our lives.

Short Story #112

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Too cool for school.

There's nothing as cool as a cool guy. When it comes down to it, it doesn't take much more than a tuxedo and a fresh haircut to make a man feel invincible. Pair this with an entourage of his friends and family and he is now superman. The right guy in the right moment with the right light and you have a picture.

Elements of this photo.

Facial expression: Each have their own facial expressions. What gives this photo an extra element of interest is that the grooms face is the dominant one.

The guys: Each guy plays a supporting role to the groom. They file up behind and the focus seems to diminish the further away they are.

The light: The light is essential. The light in this hallway was extremely dim. Knowing this you have to plant yourself in a particular spot and wait for the group to be illuminated by the window light as they pass by it.

Odd man out: Not only do the groomsmen that trail behind support the leader, but the one in the foreground awaiting his arrival strengthens the grooms power and validates who the focus should be on.

Thank you so much for taking the time to open yourself up to this short story. As always, it is my intention to help show others there is so much more to just liking a photo. Its important that we find pieces of ourselves in others photographs. 

Sincerely,

Jordan Ruiz

Feeling inspired yet? You are always welcome to review my candids page where you will find precious moments and stories captured throughout some of the most important days of our lives.

 

Short Story #111

The flower girls.

Not a care in the world. Thats how you live as a child. No matter where you live or what your situation is you spend more time living in the moment than you do worrying about the future. Flower girls are one of my favorite parts of a wedding. In the beginning they are a little shy and tend to keep their distance but after a few hours of studying you they begin to open up. I never leave a wedding without a great photograph of an amazing moment involving them. 

Elements of this story

The hands: I love the delicacy and softness of the hands of both of these girls. The gentle way they are holding the baskets and equally soft clutch they have on the peddles are untrainable. 

Body language: The body language of the flower girl on the left provides an insight to the honesty of a child. With barriers down they laugh with their entire body. 

Contrast: I love the contrast in personalities between both of these flower girls. The outgoing child on the left and the shy on the right help bring out each others uniqueness in an amazing way. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to open yourself up to this short story. As always, it is my intention to help show others there is so much more to just liking a photo. Its important that we find pieces of ourselves in others photographs. 

Sincerely,

Jordan Ruiz

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Short Story #110

A handful of face.

We have all been a kid and we have all had our cheeks squished by that one family member. That distinguishable feeling haunts me even as an adult. Growing up we hated it! It made no sense and had no place in this world. So we thought. We had no idea that this was their way of expressing every happy emotion at one time. When my wife becomes speechless of the love she has for one of hers dogs she will grab them and repeatedly kiss them all over their face. She will carry on this way for about 20 seconds and during this time I can see my 6 year old self in them. 

Elements of this story

The claw: It important to realize that while this woman's hand does have a vice like grip on his face it is being done with love directly from the heart. The easiest way to tell is by the delicacy of the hand. 

Wine: It goes without saying that a glass of wine can intensify emotion and contribute to the pain and embarrassment this child will endure.

2 against one: In this occasion the woman on the right is his mother. This is a huge problem when it comes to expressing your disinterest in what is happening to your face. There is a look that mom will give you that says "you will take it and you will like it".

Expression: I don't need to say much about this besides the fact that he is angry and is most likely thinking "this is the last time!"

Thank you so much for taking the time to open yourself up to this short story. As always, it is my intention to help show others there is so much more to just liking a photo. Its important that we find pieces of ourselves in others photographs. 

Sincerely,

Jordan Ruiz

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Short Story #109

Just before the kiss.

When it comes to story telling, a kiss is best photographed a half of a second prior. When the lips touch you are left with one set of lips, closed eyes and very hard to read facial expressions. If you step back a half of a second you will be given the photo above. It is in that short amount of time that thoughts and emotions are present. One of you have made the recognizable gesture of sticking out the chin and puckering the lips, the signal that screams "get over here and kiss me". The other responds by beginning to move their lips forward followed by the rest of their body. Right at this moment thoughts and emotions begin to flood the brain, memories from your past, the outline of their face you could recognize blindfolded, the very thought of how lucky you are that this person is yours to kiss. Lips still leading your body you go into autopilot as they course towards each others. Trusting your body to guide you, everything begins to darken down as your eyelids close. Click! Theres my photo!

Elements of this story

Pre social media duck lips: I have no idea why we stick them out as far as we do but it comes as natural as breathing. Besides these instances, when was the last time you made a funny face and a beautiful person decides to reward you by planting one right on your lips? For some reason this face works and I naturally raise my camera when I see it. 

Mmmmm Beer: Studies show that mild intoxication improves passion. You would be crazy to think that cup of alcohol has no reason in this frame. 

Hold the phone, literally: Check out the grip she has on that phone. We lose control of ourselves when caught up in a moment this passionate and the contraction of her hand is a clear signal that she knows the scale of this event soon to take place.

Thank you so much for taking the time to open yourself up to this short story. As always, it is my intention to help show others there is so much more to just liking a photo. Its important that we find pieces of ourselves in others photographs. 

Sincerely,

Jordan Ruiz

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Short Story #108

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Cake cutting. The most violent part of the night.

I equate this to an adult version of a snowball fight. As we age we are constantly told to wipe our mouths, not to play with our food, and worst of all have a parent lick their finger and clean your face with it. Gross! My point is after so much repression it is no wonder why an all out cake fight would break out in the middle of such a special occasion while wearing the most expensive clothes you have ever worn. But I love it. What is more beautiful than a woman who puts appearance aside and just goes for it. 

The elements of this story.

A mouthful: Its not hard to notice the huge smile with a mouthful of cake. Talk about living in the moment. By this you can tell exactly how spontaneous the brawl was as she didn't even take the time to swallow her cake first. 

Fist of fury: We see determination. So much that the brides hand contracts and makes a fist. This is her moment and she will not surrender to the strength of opposition, or in this case her newly crowned husband.

Laughter: Check out those family members in the background laughing away. This reassures you that this is in fact a happy moment. I bet most are rooting for the bride. I cant help but to imagine how excited they are for the moment while at the same time hoping they keep their distance. 

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to open yourself up to this short story. As always, it is my intention to help show others there is so much more to just liking a photo. Its important that we find pieces of ourselves in others photographs. 

Sincerely,

Jordan Ruiz

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Short Story #107

Sometimes you just need to take off your shoes and get down. 

I found myself strolling across the dance floor searching out the next guest who decided that this is their time to let it out. There is something about good music and great people that bring this out in us all. As I was circling a group of guests and mouthing the lyrics to what was playing I noticed someone that was finding herself a little more emotionally connected to the rhythm than others. Before I knew it she had dropped to the floor in one of the most epic dance floor moments of the night and for some reason I went with her. 

Elements of this story

The smile: The first thing most will notice is the smile. It is so contagious and what a great one it is! Little did she know she would make every person who looks at this smile. Consider this a gift from her. 

The commitment: Notice there is no space between her body and the floor. This was not a half-assed dance move here. This was a serious commitment to the moment. 

The backup dancers: Notice the woman behind her on the right. Another smile backing up our belief that this was the time we let loose and forget about anything that may be going wrong in our lives. Now, the male directly behind her. While he is not chest to floor he is equally as committed to the moment as she is. Just in his own way. You get the feeling that he is captured by the music and that this is his time to shine.

Thank you so much for taking the time to open yourself up to this short story. As always, it is my intention to help show others there is so much more to just liking a photo. Its important that we find pieces of ourselves in others photographs. 

Sincerely,

Jordan Ruiz

Feeling inspired yet? You are always welcome to review my candids page where you will find precious moments and stories captured throughout some of the most important days of our lives.

Short Story #106

I am often asked "Was there wine in that glass". The truth is I have no idea. I never heard her burp, or seen her hang on anyone, or scream the words to a journey song during the late night reception so I am guessing no.

Everything worked out just right. The bride needed to make last minute adjustments with the help of her bridesmaids and mother in law forcing all eyes on her. A thirsty child and distracted group of women turned out to be the perfect recipe for a wonderful photojournalistic moment. 

The elements of this story

The drinking girl: A child drinking from a wine glass while everyones back is turned. Not much more to say about that. 

The grip on the glass: It gives a sense of childlike honesty. It resonates with us because its what we all did at a time in our lives before we began to develop the strength, coordination and confidence to hold breakable objects in a delicate way. 

The clutter: It shows the chaos of what its really like in these situations. A woman in a hurry can wreck a room in 30 seconds or less.

Facial expressions: The brides and bridesmaids facial expressions leaves us the viewers to determine what exactly they are thinking. I prefer this as opposed to emotionless expressions that can leave nothing to the imagination.

Thank you so much for taking the time to open yourself up to this short story. As always, it is my intention to help show others there is so much more to just liking a photo. Its important that we find pieces of ourselves in others photographs. 

Sincerely,

Jordan Ruiz

Feeling inspired yet? You are always welcome to review my candids page where you will find precious moments and stories captured throughout some of the most important days of our lives.