Spontaneity. Considerations of composition, light and color. Often, the elements of a beautiful, compelling photograph align in the blink of an eye. Corbin Gurkin is not only skilled at capturing that unique moment in time, but also understanding what that moment – and that photograph – mean to a couple in the context of a lifetime.
Corbin formed her career as a destination wedding photographer over a progression of many years, including time spent living overseas. After an initial focus on painting and drawing, she fell in love with photography during a summer at the Maine Photographic Workshops. From there, Corbin took an apprenticeship with a wedding photography studio before moving on to study photography at New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.
Over the span of a decade, Corbin has photographed weddings in places as diverse as California’s wine country, the bustling streets of Paris, the beaches of Hawaii and the hillside villages of Tuscany. Her work has been regularly featured on Snippet and Ink and in publications such as The Knot, Brides and Martha Stewart Weddings.
Corbin approaches every assignment with the same sense of interaction and process that first drew her to photography.
“I get to know couples over the course of several months, so the relationship definitely becomes a friendship,” she says. “On their wedding day, I consider the spontaneous and candid moments. The end result is a lasting narrative of the wedding, the character of the destination and a strong sense of the couple’s personality.”
That’s Corbin Gurkin’s style: spontaneity with an eye to forever.