This is a first dance photograph I shot a few weeks back in December at the lovely wedding of Jemma and Martyn at The Refinery Bar, London.
I absolutely LOVE this photograph and there are a few reasons why;
Firstly, Jemma and Martyn were an incredible couple to work with. They totally “got” the wedding photojournalism style and far more importantly, it was plain to see, that they totally “got” each other. A really warm couple with an endearing love about them for each other that was almost tangible.
The second reason I love this photograph is because of its energy. This was technically a second dance. If my memory serves me right, it was Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer and Jemma and Martyn were engulfed by their friends as they rocked away to the song.
It was great to see…..the problem was….I couldn’t see of course, because of the lovely friends surrounding them.
This doesn’t stop me however and I pride myself on shooting my weddings from the inside out.
I want my clients to relieve their wedding as if it was shot by a guest – not some voyeuristic photographer shooting from the side lines.
I shot from a low angle here, in order to do just that – to give that guests-eye perspective and I love the result.
From a technical point of view (for the photographers), you will see from the data below this was a tricky shot; f1.4, 1/25th of a second at ISO 6,400.
There was no need to blast this image with flash in this instance. The slower shutter (enforced partly due to the restrictive light) aids the image and it has “motion”.
It has more than that of course. It has motion, love, happiness and hopefully it’s a memory that will be cherished by Jemma and Martyn and their children and grand children for many years to come.
- Camera: Fujifilm X-T1 with XF23mm F1.4 R Lens
- Focal Length: 23mm
- ISO: 6,400
- Exposure: 1/25th second at f/1.4
- Flash: Did not fire