This is my favorite image from this weekend, actually it’s one of my favorite images from this season. We were at The Palace, the first dance had just ended and Chani and her dad took to the dance floor for their father daughter dance. I think “I Loved Her First” was playing.
I’m not sure what it was about that moment and I don’t really think that a photograph can convey that kind of emotion, or that connection between a girl and her dad. I took a couple of dancing images, just Chani hanging on to her dad, just her arms wrapped around his neck, his eyes slightly red, when I spotted her mom standing against the wall, wiping her eyes, Chani’s uncle putting a reassuring arm around her.
I got one photo all perfectly lined up, before her mom turned around overcome by emotion. It was one of those moments, you couldn’t help but think about your relationship with your own dad, and maybe craftily wipe a tear away before it formed.
Then it was over and someone came and asked me how I managed to shoot dance images without any flash – the technical stuff that us photographers think is important.