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    Michael Greenberg is renowned for taking photographs that are characterized as art pieces. The elegant play of fashion and journalism shines through every photograph so it’s no wonder Michael Greenberg has been recognized as one of the top wedding photographers in Canada.

    Among his many talents, Michael is well known for the Renaissance-era-inspired elaborate group portraits he produced. One of them, “Family”, won a Grand Award at WPPI 2010. He has won 11 WPPI awards and over 60 accolades of excellence in the last four years. His work has been published in numerous photography magazines including the recent book "The best of wedding photojournalism" by Bill Hurter.

Today’s image is from an Italian wedding in Montreal, captured during the traditional dance of the groom with his mother. It was awarded an accolade in 2009 at WPPI:

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The groom is hugging his mom, dancing with her, and if you look closely you can see she is crying. You can also see the bride in the background.
To get this shot I used bounced light from my flash – bounced directly off the wall about 20 feet away, and also bounced off whatever was in between: people, tables, pillars, everything. Returning back on my subjects with this beautiful – almost natural – light.

This is an award winning picture that scored over 80 points at the annual WPPI competition.

Here we see the bride and someone giving a speech, or rather, their shadows:

 

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This was shot the night of the reception at Hotel Omni Mont-Royal in Montreal, Canada.

What’s interesting here is what happened was all these projectors from all over, from every angle, were lighting the subjects, and this is their shadows on the wall behind them.

I took a telephoto lens and I was actually hunting these shadows (because they were moving). It was like one of those old shadow theatres you might find a couple hundred years ago where people went to watch shadow dramas, like we watch plays today.

So this is what happened, I was hunting and I took quite a lot of images to get this one particular very interesting image. It was luck, I would say, but I was hunting because I knew this image was there and I kept hunting for it throughout the night until I caught this one, which is exceptionally great.

The pattern on the wall, which was the wallpaper behind them, adds to the whole thing and it’s almost a surreal image, I love it!

The theatre, the shadows, the things that you don’t know like who that is… It keeps you guessing and it’s almost creepy, but at the same time it is also very unusual and fascinating.

You may not know if it is a wedding necessarily, but you understand that it is a celebration of some sort and a happy one because the speaker is quite happy.

There is a three-dimensionality to this image because you have the black shadows in front and then further away there is the light shadows, which gives us a sense of depth, and I believe it is a rather unique image.

Here we have a bride and groom together, close up, in black and white:

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I call this image Yin & Yang, after the Chinese philosophical concept.

There is a lot of meaning here and this was one of my very first images from when I started photographing weddings. I was proud of this image image back then, and I still am now. It is one of the best minimalistic pictures that I have ever taken at a wedding.

For me, it really shows the essence of what marriage is all about. I like in particular the way they have locked their hands and how they fit perfectly into the other just like a key and a lock. There is a lot of symbolism in that, evoking many meaningful ideas.

I remember this wedding vividly since it was one of the very first that I photographed. It took place on a rainy day in Sutton, Quebec – a place far away on the outskirts of Montreal, and I remember shooting this image with a 70-200mm Nikon telephoto lens on a D100 body. The Nikon D100 body was actually one of the first professional digital cameras from Nikon.

Now this was shot in the church, the lighting was poor, and at the time there was not much happening so I was trying to find something to bring some extra coverage to the ceremony.
I have actually tried to recreate this shot many times after, but none were as successful as this one.

For me this image is the perfect Yin and Yang of wedding photography: one transforms into another.

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