This really is one of my favourite wedding photos I have taken, and in many ways it sums up my approach to photography. I used to find welcoming lines at weddings quite tedious affairs, but that was until I learnt to position myself behind the Bride & Groom and focus on the guests. Now, it is one of my favourite parts of the day because armed with my trusty 50mm lens I can capture a whole range of human emotion, from happiness, laughter, pride all the way through to envy!
The photo above was taken at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, just a stones away from Canterbury Cathedral itself. I had positioned myself behind the groom with my camera set to f/2 to try and isolate the guests face in the frame. The lady above is the mother of the groom and I believe she is in hers 90's. The look on her face sums it all up, and shows the power of photography as it doesn't need any lengthy explanation along with it. So proud.
This photo was used recently at a documentary photography workshop and one of my fellow photographers commentated that he would put this in black & white. I have tried this, but something about the pink of her hat and her bright blue eyes make this work better in colour.
Like I said, love this photo!