Sometimes you take a picture that makes you think. That’s what happened when I saw, and photographed this image at Kath and Richard’s wedding in Wargrave, Berkshire last summer.
I could see all around me lots of people. People drinking, people eating, people lapping up the sunshine and people, well, just being people.
I was doing my usual thing, shooting as a documentary wedding photographer when I saw Richard and his mum chatting.
Simply by observing these few brief moments, without interfering with them, I could see that there was likely to be an embrace of some kind. And so I waited…and was rewarded of course.
Now, I really love this photograph. I have a mum, and I love her dearly. When I see images like this it makes me proud to be the curator of these memories.
As you can see, there is somebody else’s head in the left of the frame but I would ask you this? If you were Richard, or mum, would you prefer I stopped this moment happening and asked you to “look at me”….perhaps even a “give us a smile”?
No, I don’t think you would. This is raw, natural, candid wedding photography and its all about the moment – but without interfering with that moment.
I genuinely love this picture. It’s not technically perfect, but for me it has punch and that punch is the emotion captured in the embrace.
I hope you like it too.
- Camera: Fujifilm X-T1
- Lens: XF56mm F1.2R
- Focal Length: 56mm
- ISO: 400
- Exposure: 1/3,500th second at f/1.2
- Flash: Did not fire