A wedding photographer plays a very important role in weddings. Every person getting married wants perfect pictures of this special day which they can look back on for years to come. These are the pictures that are passed on from generation to generation so they have to be taken with care and skill. Photographers face a lot of difficulties from overbearing couples to guests who just won’t get out of the way. But James Day, a Sydney based photographer, was presented with a unique challenge.
The beautiful couple
The day was hired to take photos for a couple called Steph and Rob. But Steph suffered from Cone-Rod Dystrophy, a genetic disorder which led to the deterioration of the retina. It had worsened over the years rendering her almost fully blind. Initially, her sight had become blurred but four years before the wedding, her vision, according to her, was like watching an extremely fuzzy old TV screen. It had become impossible for her to enjoy an ordinary wedding album but Day along with videographers from Lemon Tree Film, Shaun and TJ, decided to give her the best wedding gift possible.
According to Steph’s mother, Linda, who suffers from the same condition, she had always dreamed of having a fairytale wedding even when she was just a child. The family had become very worried when it looked like Steph was giving up on the idea of her dream wedding because she wouldn’t be able to see it. But James saved the day.
A challenge for his career
Faced with the most difficult challenge of his career, James started doing all the research he could to make this work for Steph. He reached out to many experts and spent around a year working on different ideas. James went over every aspect of the wedding over and over again in his head. He wanted Steph to be able to experience all the small, stolen moments that make a wedding beautiful.
For example, one of the ideas Day came up with involved using different kinds of cloth which had been scented with various perfumes. Steph was given each cloth at a particular moment during the wedding and later on, when she was holding the pieces, she could recollect the memories based on the smell.
But this isn’t all that James did. He came up with an innovative way to allow Steph to see her photos. Every picture was exposed to heat until it rose enough for her to feel the image with her hands. The perfumed pieces of cloth were attached to the pictures along with audio that had been recorded when the pictures were taken.
A beautiful outcome
The combination of the pictures, the perfumes, the cloth, and the sounds allowed Steph to recollect each moment and experience all that happiness again and again. This tactile wedding album took much longer to produce but everyone felt that the work had been worth it. Especially, when they saw Steph and Linda touching it for the first time and becoming overwhelmed with joy.