It's what makes the wedding world go around.
One of my absolute objectives when shooting weddings is to capture the emotion. At my workshops I talk about the elements of emotion, humour and human interaction as the core themes of each wedding to look out for.
For me, doing my job successfully, means recording those very fleeting moments in time when people really do connect, they really show their cards and there is an almost tangible spark of emotion.
Of course, this can be between the bride and groom, the bride and her mum or simply the groom and and an old friend (as in this image).
Whatever the relationship, the result is always the same; a moment of congratulations, a huge hug, a simple wink of the eye or squeeze of the arm.
Shooting the immediate moments after the ceremony is often a challenge for a wedding photographer as these days, many guests reach for their pocket phones or their their compact cameras to get shots of the happy couple.
This is fine, and perfectly natural of course, but there is a definite shift away from huge hugs and congratulations, to people getting their phones/cameras out.
Whilst this is unavoidable and not necessarily even a negative thing, it means that when those moments between the people do occur, I work even harder to make sure they are recorded to the best of my ability.
I absolutely want to record these moments, but I absolutely do not want to intervene or subject those moments to change in any way shape or form. Shooting with a fast prime on a small body allows me to spot the moment, position myself quickly, shoot and remove myself from the scene.
I really do love images like this. Its not going to win any awards, but you know what, when I see pictures like this it makes me smile and that is what wedding photography is about for me.
- Camera: Fujifilm X-T1
- Lens: XF23mm F1.4
- Focal Length: 23mm
- ISO: 400
- Exposure: 1/125th second at f/1.4
- Flash: Did not fire