Going viral is a benefit for wedding photographers, but for most, it’s not the main objective. Paul Woo, the professional photographer who captured a now-viral image of a 6-year-old boy crying as his mom walks down the aisle, tells The Knot it’s the real-life, raw moments in weddings that truly take priority over the imagery.
Woo, however, recently experienced both internet success and an exceptionally sentimental wedding moment after his touching snapshot of Bryson Suber, age 6, made ripples across social media. “I think it’s great [to go viral] if the right message is conveyed,” he muses. “It’s that pretty things are great, but moments are truly what matters on the day. I strive to always find this for all my couples.”
Woo’s lens naturally turned to little Bryson, who served as the ring bearer at his mom and dad’s nuptials. “From what I felt, [he was crying] because he understood the love and happiness for his parents,” the photographer speculates. “I think sometimes we may not know the answer, but we can feel it.”
He adds, “Bryson is the son of two loving people getting married, and his emotions began [as soon as] he saw his mother coming down the aisle.”
The resulting photo shows the tender-hearted young boy leaning over and streaming tears after catching a glimpse of his mom. “This made me feel,” says Woo, who teared up from behind the lens while witnessing Bryson’s reaction. “I think too many people are always get distracted on portraits and details, that the moment is what matters and is easily missed. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all important but what matters, and what is truly timeless, are actual moments.”
It helps that Woo’s clients are oftentimes genuinely enamored with each other. “They’re all over each other,” he says, “and they love each other, and can’t wait to see each other.”
If there’s one word of advice he would give to couples, it’s simply for them to take ownership especially on the day of the ceremony. “The wedding day is their story,” he says. “And I am simply there to tell that story.”