Every bride dreams of alluring to the wonderfully precious beauty of Audrey Hepburn on their wedding day. She encaptures an untouchable mythical enchantment once stated by the legendary photographer Cecil Beaton "the public embodiment of our new feminine ideal". When I have the privilege of capturing a wedding, I think like Cecil to capture every bride in this way, as they should be on their greatest celebration.
Hepburn was named the "most beautiful woman of all time", she will always be admired and celebrated for her character that was often encaptured in pictures. Of course her movie weddings were fantastically captured, though often some of the most precious moments are the discrete looks to each other, or the times out of the crowd's gaze. I find these to be the most rewarding when a couple look through their finely edited pictures a few weeks after the actual day.
The story of Audrey Hepburn's early life really does have a legendary, movie-like quality. One of her brothers was a prisoner in a Nazi labour camp. As children, starving, they watched railway wagons go by, full of children, also starving. Audrey, still a teenager moved to Holland from Britain, danced to raise money for the Dutch resistance. These things created a strong sympathetic character, something many actors never get around to acquiring. And it paid off when shooting a small role in a movie.
"Her look is timeless because it's simple; fuss goes out of fashion."
In her pictures you may notice her gracefulness as she studied dance but at 5ft 7in, she was deemed too tall to be a prima ballerina. Yet she never lost the poise and graceful movements. The definitive Hepburn role came in 1961 - good-time girl Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Her line "how do I look?" in the black dress, shades and hat, became the most iconic images of history and culture.
Audrey Hepburn came to be synonymous with this form of elegance. Even in her early films, her height, her wistfulness combined to get her noticed. My point is every bride can be Audrey Hepburn, as she stated herself, "my look is attainable ... Women can look like Audrey Hepburn by flipping out their hair, buying the large glasses and the little sleeveless dresses." This is where she differed in her trajectory from the starlets who had gone before, perhaps, was in her conscious decision to become a fashionista. The designer Hubert de Givenchy became a close friend and advised her on her wardrobe. Eventually the pair became business partners.
"She didn't have arrogance; the most beautiful people are the ones who don't know it. She also had this wonderful humour about her, she didn't mind laughing at herself. That got her fantastic movie roles and people fell in love with the characters she played." In her later life she dedicated herself to UNICEF, helping others forever cementing her iconic graceful presence.
My passion is to capture people with the timeless elegance like pictures with Audrey Hepburn, classic, relaxed, modest and sometimes fun.
"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." Audrey Hepburn.
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