Why I love this picture – Real Life Weddings

This image to me speaks volumes about the real life, day to day, enigmatic reality of weddings – especially weddings here in the UK.  This photograph was taken at a London wedding last October using my trusty Fuji X-Pro1.  It’s an image I know I would have been able to get with my DSLRs but using those, I risked interfering with the moment unfolding before me.  To me it speaks volumes about real life weddings which I experience almost every weekend.

Too often I’ve heard “Oh, don’t take a photo of me doing this”……and when I do, my heart sinks because often, that’s the real story, the real moment…..and it’s lost.  But you know what – these are real life weddings.  These are real moments and I really believe that it’s images like this that tell a small story within a larger story.

There was a bit of too-ing and fro-ing with the tie.  Mum was offering help, dad can do it himself of course and so a little mini-drama unfolded in front of me.

Many wedding photographers will think this is just a “snapshot” – a moment that anybody could have photographed and “why didn’t I move the bridesmaids from the chair behind and move the dad into better light”.  Well, that’s not my way.  My way is to observe, and by inference, capture these tiny micro-moments throughout the day.

I love this picture because its real.  Real Life Weddings yield real moments, in a real story which in this case includes two of the most important characters on the day.

What do you think?

Technical Details:

Camera:  Fujifilm X-Pro1
Lens: XF35mm F1.4
Focal Length:  35mm
ISO: 200
Exposure:  1/150th second at f/1.4
Flash:  Did not fire

Grooms Dad needs help with his tie