A weekly series where I ask some of the world’s best wedding photographers to pick out their favourite shot from their Jewish wedding portfolio. This week it’s the turn of Blake Ezra from Blake Ezra Photography.
‘The Blessing’ by Blake Ezra Photography
When asked to submit my Best Jewish Wedding photograph, it seemed like an impossible task.
This is for two reasons. Firstly if you ask any photographer to submit their singular favourite image, they may struggle. There are so many different reasons why someone could appreciate a photograph – the people in it, the composition, the light, the moment captured, or even the emotions felt by the photographer when it was taken. It’s a very difficult thing to choose. What compounds the challenging nature of this task is to ask the question: What is a Jewish wedding photograph? I wanted to pick something innately Jewish, not simply a stunning a photograph that happened to be taken at a Jewish wedding.
So I chose a very special moment before Ashira and Yosef’s wedding ceremony. After the Badeken, Michael gave his daughter Ashira the traditional blessing that Jewish fathers have given to their daughters for centuries, as her husband-to-be looks on. This was raw, pure emotion spilling out as the little girl he had brought up enters a new stage of her life. We are privileged to photograph such moments.”