I mention many times on this blog that my role as a wedding photographer is one of an observer.
I’m not there to create moments, my style leads me more to record memories as they actually occur.
In the images below, Carrie, who’s wedding I photographed on New Year’s Eve at The Rosendale Pub in Dulwich, London, is being embraced by her brother.
This moment occurred just before the first dance. The DJ was testing his lights and the house lights had been dimmed so from a lighting point of view it was a challenging image to photograph.
I could have approached it in a couple of ways of course; I could have used a flash gun, which immediately would have made my presence known to Carrie and her brother and that is something I certainly didn’t want to risk. I could also, of course, got much closer.
However, I know that Carrie’s brother lives abroad, and given the fact that it was he that gave Carrie away in the church earlier in the day I understood the very close bond between the two of them.
This is a moment that absolutely needed to happen, and happen naturally. There was no way I was going to get any closer, or use flash to light the scene.
In situations like this, I need to be way back (hence the 56mm lens choice) and I need to be very careful that I get the image, which hopefully demonstrates the emotion, without interfering with it at all.
I think I succeeded.
This is another of those images where technically its imbalance – but I’m a believer in feeling first, technique second. Capturing the moment is more important than potentially pushing the moment away.
There is a similar image I shot at a Philadelphia wedding in 2014. Neither are technically perfect, but I’m ambivalent to that in these cases because I think you can sense the emotion in the images to an almost tangible level.
Emotion trumps technical efficiency for me every time.
I really hope you like this picture, I love it.
- Camera: Fujifilm X-T1
- Lens: XF56mm F1.2
- ISO: 5,000
- Exposure: 1/60th second at f/4
- Flash: Did not fire