Here’s the second part of Jo and Advait’s Stoke Place wedding photography. The ceremony room was a good size and there was plenty of space behind the registrar to get some nice pics of the proceedings. As a documentary style wedding photographer I like to cover weddings using two camera bodies. I do this mostly so that I can get two different versions of the same scene which usually means shooting some of the pictures on a wide angle lens and the rest on my 85mm. This is often regarded as a perfect portrait length lens and is at the shorter end of being telephoto length. I very rarely use anything longer now for wedding photography. Unlike the sport stuff I shot ten years ago, I’m never that far away from the action and find that as the years go by, I now shoot wider and wider. I like seeing more of the whole picture. It’s great to go in closer for an intimate moment like Jo having a little weep during the ceremony, but it’s also good to have the reaction of the guests behind them as they are a prenounced man and wife. Although the couple are very much centre of attention on the day, I feel that having a good representation of who was there and how everyone interacted, is just as important as shots of the couple together. I do find it odd to look at wedding albums that are almost entirely the bride and groom, as though it was some sort of two-person fashion shoot that took place with no one else present.
Jo and Advait had already had the Hindu part of the wedding celebrations back in India. I’ve been to India a couple of times myself covering cricket tours years back and absolutely loved it. By all accounts this was a fanastic occasion which lasted about three days. The photo team in India consisted of three or four photographers and was apparently pretty full-on. Mind you, they did turn the pictures and album around in record time, something I could not promise. I expect my style was a little different but afterwards I had some lovely comments about my pictures:
“Just a quick note to say that our photos arrived last night and we are completely blown away and overjoyed. We can’t believe how wonderfully they capture the day and how unaware of you we were (in the nicest possible way!).”
(from Jo, the bride)
“Craig. What can I say to you that probably hasn’t already been said? We are in France and heard from Jo that the photos were available and that the two of them had been completely emotional wipeouts reliving the day through the images. We laughed. Then we sat indoors on a glorious afternoon and watched the slideshow through twice. Had to – the first attempt was damp and emotional here too. Fantastic work. You got the day, you got the people. I’m going to struggle sorting out which ones to order. How could such a nice man make my life so very difficult I ask…”
(from Heather, mother of the bride)
WOW! It really does give me a buzz when I get such positive feedback for my wedding photography. Now for the album planning.