In weddings, the bride is the star of the show. The wedding often revolves around what the bride wants, especially because many ladies have their own wishes for a dream wedding.
But one blind woman did not wish for a grand wedding, even if she had dreamed of having a fairytale wedding back when she was still a child.
Steph was not born blind, but due to a rare genetic eye disorder called cone-rod dystrophy, she lost her eyesight sometime before she met Rob, a man who loved her even if she could no longer see.
The young woman had given up on having the wedding of her dreams, rationalizing that she couldn’t see and wouldn’t be able to fully experience her fairytale wedding, anyway.
“It was since Steph was a little girl. She wanted her fairytale wedding. And we were so sad when she said that she didn’t think she could do it,” shared Linda, Steph’s mother.
Enter James Day Photography. Upon learning about the bride’s condition, the photograph spent many weeks researching what he could do to make her ‘see’ her wedding photos. He would soon find a way to transform the photos so that the bride could use her fingers to touch the photos and ‘see’ many details on her wedding day!
Steph changed her mind and decided to have that dream wedding, even if she couldn’t enjoy all the sights. But she had no idea James was preparing for a big surprise.
The photographer had the team collect not just photos but also other memories of the wedding, including scents and fabrics. The photos were processed through special printers that made certain points in the photos to become embossed. Details were added into the pictures, including beads and fabrics – and Steph could feel all these, giving her the chance to ‘see’ the pictures!
It was the Braille version of photography, but so much better!
James also added extra touches into the wedding album, including small jars filled with scents from that day, allowing Steph more chances to relive the special wedding moments. Audio snippets were also added into the wedding album.
The finished product was awesome! It was extra special; even Steph’s parents cried after seeing the wedding album. Needless to say, Steph spent hours poring over the pictures. She was finally able to enjoy her wedding photos! What a brilliant photographer!
Take a look at how the team created the special album here:
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.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. I could go on, but this short video explains what we did for her better than any of my words ever could.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.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."
Posted by James Day Photography on Monday, January 7, 2019