This Is Why You Can't Control What Your Face Does

These photos are great.

Michigan-based photographer Benjamin Friedkin, of Benjamin David Photography, takes notice of certain human behaviors from behind a camera lens.  After photographing about 170 weddings, he's captured the happiest moments of many people's lives.

His favorite part? Standing by to witness emotions actually take over his subjects' faces to the point where they look exactly how they feel.

He explained to A+ that sometimes in life people fake a smile or a laugh or misrepresent their true emotions in some way. But for the people in these photos, you'll see what their true emotions look like — written, undeniably, all over their faces.


This is Chad.

And THIS is what he was looking at.

To capture that moment, Friedkin and his Associate Photographer, Amy Skogsberg, shot from different angles and clicked at the same time. 

This guy actually let out a scream.

"I've noticed that when emotions take over, people often cover their faces with their hands," Friedkin said. "They're not used to losing control of what their face does. But true emotions can really overtake their face." 

"Grooms are my favorite to photograph," Friedkin said. "Some of these grooms are tough and they don't cry. But on their wedding day, they just lose it." 

Friedkin thinks that capturing grooms' emotions is exceptionally rewarding because women/brides aren't expected to hide their emotions as much. 

On a wedding day, "you don't have to coach emotions," Friedkin said. "You don't have to say, 'give me more.'" 

Perhaps the most powerful picture is this last one. Friedkin recalled the moment this photo was taken and how the woman trembled as she watched her sister walk down the isle.

"You don't have to ask someone to smile," Friedkin said. "The moment is creating the image."


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