One of my favourite wedding photographs from last season is this image from Lisa and Mark’s Raleigh wedding last September. Lisa and Mark were a really lovely couple to work with as they were really into just letting me do my thing and not really at all concerned with stopping to get staged photographs of the bridal party together. Instead, they just let the day happen and the images simply document the story of their day.
One of the unique things about their wedding day was that the bride was in one hotel room getting hair and make-up done with her girls whilst in the room right next door, the boys were chilling out watching a game of football and having a few drinks. Here you can see the groom and his brothers and friends having a laugh while dad looks nervously at his watch as the time to leave for the church approaches.
With this kind of relaxed dynamic with not much going on, it could have been really easy for me to have gone into the room and tried to have set up some kind of clichéd shot of the boys showing me their socks or something else that seems to be the order of the day, but that kind of approach really is not in line with my philosophy or M.O. at all. Instead I just let them get on with it, composed to bring in the elements around the room using a wide-angle lens and waited for a moment to come together. The guys having a laugh is nice enough, but the groom’s dad checking his watch makes a great moment that really brings the image together for me.
Geek info: Canon EOS-1D X with EF 16-35mm f/2.8 @ 23mm, f/2.8, ISO 1600, 1/250 sec
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