This is a candid wedding portrait that took very recently at a wedding held at Drapers Hall, in London.
Why do I love this image?
It’s the simplicity of it that I’m mostly attracted to.
When I first entered the bridal prep room, I looked around to see where the light sources were coming from. In this case, there was strong window light from one end of the room, whereas the rest of the room was reasonably dark.
All the girls were there, along with the make-up ladies and hair stylists.
It was quite a relaxed environment, but at the same time quite a challenging room to shoot in because of the lighting situation and the amount of people in the room.
Mum was there too and she was, I think, quite nervous of the camera and the attention.
Even though I shoot as a documentary photographer, I’m always on the lookout for interesting portraits that can be shot within the boundaries of the adjective “candid”.
With one eye on the light and one eye on mum here, I had to wait, and hope, that the image would come together.
I knew what I wanted to get before I took the shot. That’s obviously rarely the case when shooting documentary style, but in this case, I did know what I wanted to achieve.
Whether I could achieve it was the question.
Parents are such an important part of most people’s lives, perhaps even more so on the wedding day, and I’d picked up on the fact that the bride’s father was not here any longer.
Mum seemed liked a strong, stoic type character and that is really what I wanted to portray I guess.
As a Documentary wedding photographer we have a great canvas in which to record the day. Mostly the images are somewhat cluttered, a little chaotic perhaps, and by that, I mean, there is always something going on – which is a good thing. It’s a great thing in fact.
Sometimes these natural and quiet images can present themselves and even when shooting candidly, they can be captured. The image to me is a detail of the day, it’s a snapshot from early in the morning but its more that that perhaps….to the bride, and her family, at least.
I love this picture because it is as simple as it gets, but in my mind, as powerful as it gets too.
I hope you like it too.
- Camera: Fujifilm X-T1
- Lens: XF56mm F1.2
- ISO: 640
- Exposure: 1/125th second at f/1.2
- Flash: Did not fire