I usually shoot alone, couples tend to choose me for the images I capture from being unobtrusive, so working alone helps me stay discrete. However, last week the bride had organised for a second shooter, it was great to have some company during the wedding breakfast and gave us time to have a chat- one of his questions was about shooting in continuous mode (quick answer no, although I do shoot bursts of quick images to be sure I capture a perfect first kiss). My technique is quite the opposite, even when shooting reportage style I think about my positioning, the composition, what is framing the image etc… to tell the best story. Because really that is what photography is, telling your love story.
Some images really stand out to me for different reasons so I thought I’d start a new regular blog post explaining the story behind an image, as well as sharing the technical set up and camera specifications for the photographers who read my blog.
First up is the very last shot of a wedding… I had packed up to leave and was just heading back to my car when I walked through an old wonky doorway in the castle. This low wall light cast a weak, but perfect little spot of light, so I couldn’t help myself and spun around to ask the Sarah and Will if I could please just grab one final picture! They were so relaxed in the midst of the evening celebrations, I positioned them so the light fell across their faces and they enjoyed 15 seconds out from the dance floor mayhem.
For natural vignetting I used the curve of the doorway and positioned myself so no outside light distractions were in the frame. The light hits their faces, but falls away below their shoulders bringing every bit of attention to that oh so strong connection in the look between the brand new husband and wife, a short moment to look into each others eyes and remember, that yes today really is the most perfect day, they had married their best friend x
Technical settings for the togs reading this…