I love shooting stories within stories, and the food and the people that prepare the food are as much a part of the wedding story as anything else.
Even before the groom arrives at the wedding venue, there is usually a legion of people getting ready behind the scenes.
The chefs, cooks, waiters and front of house staff are all busy preparing the food and the gourmet delights that the wedding guests will enjoy throughout the day.
I love sneaking into the kitchen and getting shots of the chefs doing their thing.
It really is part of the story and whilst its not always possible to shoot your award winning wedding chef cooking at the hob, it is usually possible to get some kind of element of food preparation or delivery in the photographs that tell the story of your wedding day.
You spend a lot of money on the dining elements of your wedding and I do try, where possible, to include this in the coverage of your wedding through the photographs I take on the day.
In the above photograph, I really wanted to emphasise the speed of delivery.
This image is from the wedding of Claire and Jean-Baptiste at The Royal Exchange, London earlier in 2015.
The waitresses were doing an amazing job of delivering the food to each table. It was almost like watching a synchronised dance.
By slowing the shutter down and dragging the exposure at the same speed that the waitress was moving I was able to give the idea of “movement” in the image.
It reminds me instantly of the busy service and I think it will be an image that reminds the bride and groom of the dining element of their wedding breakfast too.
The above photograph, taken at The Cinnamon Kitchen in the City of London was taken from right in the heart of the kitchen.
I knew that the food was very important to Harshill and Anisha for their wedding so I asked permission to enter the Michelin starred kitchen to shoot some of the food being prepared.
The Cinnamon Kitchen is a very famous Indian cuisine restaurant and I found it intriguing being inside the kitchen of such a famous place.
I wanted to create a picture that showed of the great attention to detail that the chefs were clearly giving the food, but also one that illustrated their industrious nature.
I like this image because of the stains on the chef’s outfit and, perhaps with a little contrast, the delicacy of the second chef preparing the food.
By purposefully not including the chef’s faces, I am hopefully drawing attention to the actual food and the preparation of it.
The image above was shot at Nargiz and James’s Skinners’ Hall Wedding wedding earlier this year.
I’ve seen most things in my 350+ weddings I’ve shot as a professional wedding photographer but I had never seen the waiting staff “warming up”.
They have to be commended for this of course. Its got to be pretty gruelling carrying, fetching and running all evening.
I loved it when the front of house got the staff to start some star jumps and it was definitely an image that needed to make the final selection for Nargiz and James who would never have known about any of this on the day.
I want to wrap up this little piece about the food and servers at weddings with the two images above.
These were taking way before the wedding ceremony. Early in the morning in fact.
The staff were really very busy preparing this venue and the staff were literally everywhere.
They do an amazing job and for these two pictures I wanted to represent the amazing speed at which they were doing everything.
Again by slowing the shutter, stabilizing the camera and shooting at a suitable aperture I managed the get the images I wanted to represent this.
Honestly, as someone who see’s the amount of cost and effort that each and every one of my clients puts into their weddings I want to be able to capture memories for them, and tell stories for them that really do put all the pieces of the jigsaw together.