For Mothering Sunday – a few wedding photography images.
An image from a wedding at Thorpeness Country Club, shot in my usual documentary style and converted to black and white. Some images work better in colour, some in black and white, and in some cases either works well.
Here we have a symmetrical arrangement of two wedding guests posing for a photograph during the reception, and notice the facial symmetry as well as the similar dresses. I do like this image.
We were in London last weekend to see the Nordic Noir festival on Brick Lane and had some time on the Sunday to visit Tate Modern; after crossing the Millennium Bridge towards St Paul’s we came across a young Chinese couple having their post-wedding photo shoot on the steps with the backdrop of St Paul’s itself. The quality of light was excellent. I only had a Canon Ixus compact camera with me, but along with other tourists I managed a few photographs before leaving the couple to enjoy their day.
In the third picture, I wanted to include a London bus to give a real sense of place and a different angle – the slogan ‘I love Mormons’ was unplanned but adds a certain something.
Here are five images I’ve chosen as a way of summing up my year of wedding photography – not necessarily five of my favourites, just five that gave me something interesting to think about.
The first, from a March wedding in Essex, was taken as the bride was getting ready. What I liked about this composition was the arrangement of the three figures and the flow from top right to bottom left. Of course, it is also part of telling the story of that part of the day.
The second, also from a wintry March wedding, shows the couple on the point of leaving the church. Resisting suggestions to photograph them from outside the church door, looking in, I took photographs next to them looking out – not just to record the event in a documentary way, but to capture a natural expression.
The third is from a June wedding in Norfolk, and the composition was again of interest, with the bridesmaid speaking in the centre, the groom looking around rather distractedly, and the woman bottom left looking out of the frame.
The fourth is also from a June wedding, showing a quiet and intimate moment between the bride and a guest.
Finally an image from a November wedding in Suffolk, taken in the village pub before the wedding with the groom and groomsmen. Why can buttonholes often cause a problem?
To sum up: an interesting year in which I photographed a small number of quite diverse weddings and also managed to come across weddings in such places as Germany and Italy, providing some additional images of the kind where wedding photography and street photography come together.
It so happens the all but one of the five I’ve chosen here are finished in black and white, though this was not a deliberate intention. I’ve found that for wedding photography, around a third of my final selection of images will be in black and white. With personal work (see for example the lighthouse photographs in my personal projects) I will invariably print the colour originals.
The tables are laid, all ready to go……a scene from a recent country club wedding in Suffolk. Though I’m not overly concerned about capturing the inanimate details of a wedding, preferring to concentrate on people and how they interact, these shots help to present a rounded picture of the occasion and pick up on little things that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.
So for instance here, there isn’t much going on, there’s no-one in the frame, but I liked the linking of the inside and outside spaces (and for anyone familiar with the venue, the buildings in the background might well help to locate it). There is a sense of something about to happen.
I’d like to wish season’s greetings to all – and advance notice that I’ll be publishing a post with my five favourite wedding photography images of 2013 by the end of the month.
From a lovely Suffolk wedding in November – I briefly nipped round from a position on the other side of the groom and here’s a black and white taken from there. I’ll make some more images from this wedding available shortly. I do like black and white and I find that more and more of my photographs look better when presented this way.