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Jeffery Lewis Bennett Creates Elegant Animated GIFs for the Wedding Day

By Tanya Goodall Smith on August 24th 2013

animated gifs by jefferey lewis bennett

I recently came across an interview with Jeffery Lewis Bennett, award winning wedding photographer, on the Huffington Post. I was so intrigued by his stunning and hauntingly elegant animated gif images.

animated gifs by jefferey lewis bennett

My favorites are those which, at first glance, appear to be a regular photograph but then you notice a dress blowing in the breeze or some other slight movement. This little bit of movement is so unexpected and brings extra life to the image and the story it tells. They remind me of the moving images on the newspapers in the Harry Potter films. So cool.

animated gifs by jefferey lewis bennett

JLB’s graphic designer turned photographer story really resonates with me and I’m glad to see he’s pushing the envelope of creativity, not just churning out standard wedding and engagement photos. His story inspires me to try something new. Of course, animated gifs have been around for a long time, but I had never seen them used in such a sophisticated way. I usually equate them with annoying online banner ads…

animated gifs by jefferey lewis bennett

animated gifs by jefferey lewis bennett

animated gifs by jefferey lewis bennett

animated gifs by jefferey lewis bennett

What do you think? Which of these is your favorite? You can see more of JLB’s work on Tumblr or his website. Thanks for allowing us to share, Jeffery.

CREDITS : Photographs by Jeffery Lewis Bennett have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-distribute this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

animated gifs by jefferey lewis bennett

Tanya Goodall Smith is the owner, brand strategist and commercial photographer at WorkStory Corporate Photography in Spokane, Washington. WorkStory creates visual communications that make your brand irresistible to your target market. Join the stock photo rebellion at workstoryphotography.com.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Cool!

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  2. Elmer Escobar

    If the photograph is strong, like these are, then the “trick” of it being a gif is just a bonus. It’d be one thing if the strongest element was the GIF, but these photos would hold their own as stills anyway…well except for the 5th one, that one is kind of weak.

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  3. Reynardt

    Okay that’s kinda cool! Whats the big problem with you lot beetchin about prints? Of course you can still hand over prints, this is just an added service. Very cool!

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  4. Atlanta Hernandez

    I cant decide between the sparklers, the Metro, or the Train Station. All very cool. And your Harry Potter comparison was spot on. You almost expect them to say something. How neat would these look displayed on a Flat Screen on a wall or a digital frame, gallery style.

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  5. Birgit Engelhardt

    Really amazing!

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  6. manlio

    I think this has the potential of seriously disappointing clients when they try to print them

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  7. Black Z Eddie

    Pretty dang cool!

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  8. Nestor Estrada

    I love this idea and I can see these working really well in a digital photo frame, too bad most of them don’t support GIF. files.

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  9. Mircea Ciuca

    I think how bride and groom will print that…Neither iphone or samsung support animated gif wallpaper. Gif’s are nice, but I think this are not for clients, only for us, wedding photographers :) Love the 3th one.

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  10. Maxwell Rasche

    Pretty cool and relevant to getting hitched… There is a sense of eternity when watching these lovers repeat their actions over and over together… especially the last one…

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