While he makes certain to capture all of the important moments of a wedding day, Luke Bell is most drawn to what he calls “the challenge of making images that are less obviously ‘wedding photos.’” Inspired by cinema, painting, fashion and contemporary design, he hopes to spur feelings of wonder and curiosity in those who look at his photos as he follows intriguing light and keeps an eye on what might only seem mundane to the naked eye. “I like to keep things as minimal as possible but never at the expense of sacrificing the ambiance,” Bell explains. “Less is more, and atmosphere is king.”

Check out the behind-the-scenes stories on some of the photos from his submission.