This is the start of a new series of blog posts where I discuss some of my favourite wedding photos I have taken over the years and why exactly I like them. Hopefully you will enjoy this series and also get some understanding into my thinking and also my style and approach to the wedding day.
The photo of the bridesmaid in her curlers probably isn't your classic wedding photo. Its not a photo of the bride walking down a grand set of stairs with her train expertly placed behind her, its not an outdoor shot in the rain with a powerful off camera flash illuminating the couple in the downpour and its not a shot of the Bride & Groom taken from far away in a wide angle landscape shot. This photo is none of these things, but is 100% honest.
When I say that it is honest I mean that it is a true documentary shot, it captures a moment in time that is candid. The lady who is the focus of the shot is the Bridesmaid helping the Bride (in the foreground of the photo outside of the focal plane) with her makeup. I had positioned myself on the floor along with two of them using a 50mm prime lens at f/2. To those of you who are not technical, this basically means I was close up and shooting the photo so that only the Bridesmaid would be in focus.
This is one of my favourite photos because of the combination of that amazing, genuine smile and curlers in her hair. Most people seem not to be keen to have their photo taken until they have finished getting ready, but the above photo shows that documenting the day in its entirety really does add to wedding photography as you can look great at any time as long as the moment captured is genuine.