BTS: Shooting a Beautiful and Creative ‘Angel’ Wedding Photo

Every photographer has one, or maybe a few, favorite photos. Those images that tend to grace the front page of your website. The ones that turned out just right, capturing the exact feeling or message you set out to capture. For wedding photographer Jerry Ghionis, that photo was taken in December 2011, and the video above takes you behind the scenes at the shoot.


In his own words:

The image is a metaphor of an angel sleeping on a cloud at the pearly gates. There are strong symbols and triangles that are recognizable and consciously or sub consciously pleasing to the eye, namely the omega sign and the keyhole shape.

When you have been shooting for as long as I have, you sometimes wonder if your best shots are behind you. This photo reminds me that the elusive iconic “wow” photo that all photographers strive for is worth fighting for. My best photo is in my future, but for now this will do.

We hope your best shots are in your future as well. But for now, if you’re low on photographic self-esteem or inspiration, it may not be a bad idea to follow Ghionis’ lead and look back at some of your favorite creations.

“Angel” – The Making of the Favorite Photo of My Career [Jerry Ghionis Blog via ISO 1200]

  • DavidC

    Amazing attention to detail. Took five minutes for that simple, one-time, click…

  • Samcornwell

    Could not un-see the Furby face at 40 seconds.

  • Rick


  • slvrscoobie

    thats great if the bride has built in the time to fool around for 10 minutes on one shot.

  • DavidC

    You hire Ghionis…you give him as much time as he needs

  • Dean W. Thompson

    I just see the big devil horns…

  • Werner

    I like how Jerry was secured during the shot. Would great in a lesson about how not to do it.

  • DafOwen

    Nice image..

    But : “The image is a metaphor of an angel sleeping on a cloud at the pearly gates” Err WTF!