New York City
With a studio in the TriBeCa section of Manhattan, Brian Dorsey has a realist's approach to wedding pictures. "I want my images to reflect life as it is lived, not life posed," he says. "I'm there to immortalize a feeling or an experience, not a dramatic pose that the subjects have struck. For me, it's all about keeping clients relaxed, in the moment, and truly enjoying being themselves so that the process of creating photographs becomes invisible."
With a background in art and portrait photography, Dorsey came to wedding work in 2002 when a friend asked him to help shoot a ceremony. "I told him I had no interest in taking traditional wedding photographs," Dorset recalls. "He invited me to come and shoot whatever and however I wanted, so I did. And I was hooked! I absolutely loved the challenge."
Dorsey says wedding photography is "a problem-solver's dream."
"Weddings are filled with these wonderful moments swirling amidst a sea of chaos, and there's no greater challenge than trying to anticipate where and when those microseconds will occur and what the best vantage point would be to capture them from," he says. "There are no do-overs. You've got to deal with tricky and ever-changing lighting, deep blacks, bright whites, and all the while you're considering how you can get the best background and still maintain the most flattering angle for each person."
Known for shooting celebrity weddings in New York, Dorsey says he tries to simply respect the ceremony. "We tell prospective clients that the experience they have on their wedding day is a higher priority than the photographs," he explains. "Neither I nor any of my photographers ever disturb poignant moments or the sanctity of the event. We're invisible at those points. I don't even want the guests to know we're there."