So often my favourite photos are taken after the main moment has passed – this image from the wedding of Glenn and Casey was captured just after the first dance when all their family and friends were cheering and clapping them for their dance moves!
I find that moments just after the first dance, the signing of the register, the cake cut are great at giving me some belters of wedding images, I think it’s that most people feel relieved after the ‘staged’ or ‘forced’ parts of the day, so they tend to let their guard down a little bit.
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The best thing for me at weddings (other than cake…) is photographing hugs.
Big, proper hugs.
No two hugs are the same – some are the offer of support and safety, some the forgiveness of all past arguments and fall outs, but most are about love and affection.
Hugs come in all shapes and sizes – from a few seconds to a few minutes, from two people to three or four people!
Photographing hugs is a proper challenge – you never know when a ‘squeeze’ is on the cards.
The biggest challenge though is which side the ’embrace’ is going to happen!
Sometimes you think it’s a left shoulder ‘cuddle’, you get set, camera ready for the special moment and then at the last moment it turns into a right shoulder ‘bear hug’ – damn!!
But then you see another ‘clinch’ incoming, you go right, they go right and Boom! You get the shot!
I have so many hug photos which I love looking at, but here are a few of my favourites in no particular order.
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The first kiss at a wedding is one of those cliche photos taken at every wedding and one that most wedding photographers take on autopilot.
I like to be a little different.
I love to capture the build-up to the first kiss, that split second before the kiss, the look in the eyes as the hand reaches up to offer reassurance – love it!
This first kiss wedding photo was taken at The Carriage Hall on the outskirts of Nottingham in a rebuilt and converted train maintenance building. It’s a lovely place to get married and as you can see from the photo the ceremony rooms is stunning with the high ceiling and the balcony.
Getting a photo like this is not easy and it doesn’t always work, the first kiss can be awkward as you are kissing your new life partner in front of a lot of people, but when it works you end up with a stunning wedding photo like the one above.
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A favourite sequence of mine from the wedding of Sarah and Stew at the Bestwood Lodge Hotel happened in the morning when Sarah and the girls were getting the wedding dress done up.
Each photo works on its own, but the sequence of four works so much better when shown together.
Top left – ‘are you sure you are ready, it’s going to be done up tight’
Top right – ‘Eeek’
Bottom left is my favourite of the 4 ‘I’ll cup these to make sure they stay in’
Bottom right ‘ were in’
At the wedding fair the other week I selected 24 images to be shown, and the bottom left photo was one I picked to be displayed, It’s just a fun image, a split second in time never to be repeated (probably?)
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This is one of my all-time favourite wedding ceremony pictures. It was taken at the wedding of Emma and John.
The photo was taken during the ring exchange part of the ceremony and in the background to the side of Emma is Emma’s Dad looking on.
I have this picture in A2 form hanging in the stairway to my home studio – I really love this picture!
The image was taken on a Fuji XT2, the 56mm F1.2 @ F2, ISO 1250 and 1/125th shutter speed.
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