How do you photograph a wedding where the bride has absolutely no eyesight?

For 12 months I pondered this idea. What can I do that will help take them back to one of the most incredible moments of their life?

I played through the day in my mind 1000 times. I thought of all the moments where I could potentially rob Steph of having a real moment because of a photo needing to be taken.

I stripped back what I did to the core. I reminded myself that ultimately, it’s my job to remind people of the love that exists in their life, sometimes that happens by handing someone a photograph and sometimes it happens in another way entirely.

This wedding was like no other I’ve ever experienced.

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I spoke to my friend Jesh from Superfeel who’s help I enlisted to refine the idea I had. Superfeel’s purpose is about helping people experience more joy. You should check them out.

A massive thank you to Lemon Tree Film House for documenting the entire process, Vision Art – Fine Art Books for creating something incredibly unique and to Vision Australia for helping me turn my images into something that Steph could enjoy.

Thank you to Sony Australia for having my back. Your support made this all possible.

Most importantly, thank you to Steph & Rob, for letting us tell your story. It’s a story that the whole world needs to hear.

Different fabrics, infused with scents provided a tactile experience during the special moments of the day.

A Day To Remember

With an insanely incredible team, we managed to think outside the box and provide something special for Steph, Rob and their loved ones to remember their special day. We met with them the month following their wedding for the big reveal.

Lemon Tree Film House had put together a video for Steph and Rob, detailing not only their wedding but the touching stories of each individual leading up to their meeting. That can be viewed here on their blog.

With help from Vision Australia and their PIAF (Prints In A Flash) machine, we turned images into raised, tactile, readable drawings to the touch. In these images, Steph could experience a photograph in a way she has never done before – by physically feeling out the details.

The 10 different fabrics and scents used throughout the day, paired with the amazing album with prints and real audio snippets from throughout their wedding, were all presented in a beautiful black linen box created by Vision Art.

By smelling, touching, listening to the audio as well as other’s descriptions of the photos they were taken right back.

I asked Steph on her wedding day, “Steph, what’s something that you wish Sighted people could learn from what you’ve seen since you can no longer see.

Steph replied, “I wish sighted people could learn to be more appreciative for what they’ve got. I think so many people take things for granted, like sight for instance. Even though I don’t have sight, I’m not breakable, I’m not made of glass and that you can overcome any adversity.”

Your thoughts?

James, you are a champion. This is beautiful beyond words. Thanks for setting an example and for meeting people where they’re at, rather than remaining in your own comfort zone. I am inspired and encouraged to do better and go further with everyone I meet. Thank you, James.

Such a beautiful pictures, thank you so much for sharing. it’s very inspiring seeing something like this. Keep up the good work!.