The wonderful thing about photographing over 200 weddings is being able to be part of so many special moments, seeing lots little ways couples come up with to make their day special and developing ways to capture them better. Here, my aim is to share those stories with you to give you an insight into how I work to get to know couples and capture moments they will tell stories about in the years to come.
The emotion of the receiving line.
Here’s the thing.
Weddings are busy days. Time really does speed by and you can end up sitting there in the early hours of the morning in your wedding outfit thinking if you managed to speak to everyone who came! If you can plan in the time, and have a lot of guests to your wedding, it might be an idea to have a receiving line. Although it can take around 20 to 30 minutes to greet everyone on a wedding party of 100, those who came to the wedding gets to meet you and share the excitement of your day.
For a professional wedding photographer like myself, this can be a treasure trove of natural moments. Everyone is wrapped up in the moment and I use a special lens, called a Prime, that lets in tonnes of light. I actually bought it for the sole purpose to get better receiving line pictures. It allows me to photograph what’s happening in quite dark environments without the need to use a flash. For the receiving line images below, there are no windows behind me so I’m using the small amount of light from the wall fitting over my left shoulder. It’s ample for me. Also the bride hasn’t got a flash light constantly going off behind her. As it’s quite dark anyway, people forget I’m there and can just be in the moment, which is just how I like it!
Story behind the image.
Firstly, I’ll let you into a secret. We wedding photographers like to blind you with our hard earned skill and latest gear. However, Sometimes, getting that lovely image is down to good old fashioned luck!
Donna and Robert got married in my home village of Overton. Donna’s dad is the Rector at the village church and her mum also plays a vital role keeping everything ticking along. So a family wedding at the family church and being married by her parents was the perfect way to “tie the knot”. It was also important to them both to have wedding pictures taken around the village. As it was a November wedding, we hoped for lots of autumn colours and no strong winds to blow away the leaves Before a wedding, I will always get an hour-by-hour weather forecast so I will be ready with a wedding photography plan to capture lovely images of the day.
On the day itself, all went according to plan, Dad walked her down the aisle and performed the service. Mum also played her part with a lovely reading. The weather was on our side and very few of the autumn leaves had blown away! It was on our way to the reception venue I noticed this sunset. Luckily we were driving ahead of the bride and groom. I literally flagged them down on the driveway at the golf course.
It was a quick step out of the car for them to stand on the driveway and capture the picture in the last few seconds of sunlight. A bit of image processing magic to make the most out of those colours in the sky and there we are!