In almost all of my wedding photography work, I find myself looking for the ordinary in the extraordinary.
That phraseology is one that will be familiar to street photographers and whilst a wedding typically follows a set formulaic procedure there is always moments going on around it.
In this image, photographed at Julie and Mark’s Festival Wedding in Tackley near Oxford last year, is one that as a dad myself I’m really drawn to.
I remember taking this shot vividly; the guests and bride and groom had walked from St. Nicholas Church just across the field to where the festival style reception was going to take place.
As they all tapered in, I could see all the children getting their snacks and drinks as the weather was extremely hot.
I loved this little chap because, as soon as he got his hula hoops, it was as if the whole world was a better place.
I really wanted to capture that and I think, and hope, I managed to do that with the picture.
You can see elements of the bridal party in the shot which I wanted to keep to give it context but mostly I wanted to shoot the image very quickly so as the little fella could carry on with his Hula Hoop dream without ever knowing I was there.
Its a really simple picture but it is these “moments in-between” that I really try to work at during weddings and hopefully I can capture some images that the bride and groom simply miss, but do add an element of story to the narration of the day.
I really love this picture, and I hope you do too.
- Camera: Fujifilm X-T1
- Lens: XF23mm F1.4
- ISO: 400
- Exposure: 1/420th second at f/7.1
- Flash: Did not fire