The Huge Hug ~ Why I love this picture

I’m heading back to June 2014 for the Abbey House Gardens Wedding of Nicky and Pete for this image.

I was minded of this picture when going through a portfolio review the other day and the moment I saw it….I smiled.

Those of you who look around the blog regularly will know that I class myself as a “people watcher” type photographer.  I like to explain my work as simply “people being people”.

Because I have no intervention with these moments, they are genuine, uncontrived moments that you often simply couldn’t stage if you tried.

I think this is one of those types of pictures.

A wedding is a roller-coaster of emotion and if remember correctly, this image was the result of Nicky seeing a relative who had flown in from South Africa for the wedding.  I believe they hadn’t seen each other for some time.

It really is moments like this that make me love my job.  Being there to witness, and capture, these very special moments is pretty much a privilege in my mind….and every wedding yields these types of emotional moments.

During the immediate aftermath of the ceremony, I love to blend in as much as possible and get as close as possible.

I do this using a combination of very small cameras and lenses and a pretty quick movement.  I really enjoy this part of the day, when the bride and groom are greeted for the first time by their friends and family.

I really love this picture and I hope you do too.  As always, please feel free to comment or share.

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Technical Details:

  • Camera:  Fujifilm X-T1
  • Lens: XF18mm F2 R
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  1/2,200th second at f/2
  • Flash:  Did not fire