This is a photograph from Caroline and Jeff’s Richmond Registry Office Wedding from June last year.
Jeff is actually one of my oldest friends who I met in primary school back home in South Wales. We’ve been great friends ever since and I was thrilled to be a guest at his wedding last year to Caroline.
Of course…I had to take a camera with me and this is one image from that Richmond Registry Office wedding that I really love.
I’m a big fan of confetti shots and whilst I never contrive them, I always try and get as much ambience into my photographs of this part of the wedding and usually find myself shooting in quite close to give that “from the guests-eye point of view”.
This image is great for me as it has all of that movement, happiness, laughter, trepidation etc that you get with all confetti wedding photographs but it’s also the moment that Caroline spots one of her friends for the first time.
Her face is lit up with both the energy of the confetti moment but also with that recognition of a friendly face that she perhaps hadn’t see for a long time.
As a documentary wedding photographer it’s imperative for me that the bride and groom, family and guests control the wedding. I believe as soon as the photographer starts giving directions the wedding then becomes the photographers idea of the day, rather than the natural day as it unfolded.
The confetti toss at a wedding is one of those magically traditional elements, and maybe one of the features of the day that the bride (and maybe even the groom) has been dreaming of since they were little. So it has to happen on their terms and getting in close to capture all of that, without breaking the integrity of the photograph is something I relish at every wedding.
- Camera: Fujifilm XT1
- Lens: XF23mm F1.4R
- Focal Length: 23mm
- ISO: 200
- Exposure: 1/125th second at f/4
- Flash: Did not fire