We are a wife and husband team with more than 15 years in the wedding photography industry. We started out with semi-auto film cameras, this lay a great foundation of discipline an
Wedding Photographer Portsmouth. Ali Gaudion Wedding Photographer shares a wedding photography technique.
The roller coaster that is the wedding day is my specialty. I usually can tell, when I knock on the door of a brides house in the morning, as to whether they will be a calm yet giggly bride or a 'need an extra glass of bubbly to calm the nerves' bride. Whatever the atmosphere, I am well aware, I have one of the nicest jobs around. Not the easiest, but the nicest. I spend my day, in wait, or the bride, the groom, the best man, the bridesmaids, the first dance. The beauty of this is that, no matter how many weddings are shot, they are all different. Every work day for me, is different.
I always make sure I am seen and not heard. If I am to be heard, I 'm fast and effective (i.e. can we get everyone out on the lawn!). I work calmly and creatively.
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This couple had their wedding at the Royal Marines Museum on the seafront in Portsmouth. The staircase is large and hard to shoot. With flash you end up with the standard "old fashioned" shot. I wanted something romantic and symmetrical, which is hard to create. The light coming through created a great light for a silhouette.
On either side of them were about 100 people coming down behind them. This shot would be the same as shooting a silhouette of the couple just as they leave the church and you have 100 people watching, waiting behind you - YOU HAVE TO BE QUICK!
I have taken 3 shots. Portrait kissing, landscape kissing and portrait touching noses, literally 2 seconds apart. The crowd were getting restless. I wanted it square and symmetrical. Knew I'd need extra help to get the detail on the banisters coming down so upped the ISO from 200 to 1600 and metered 1/1600 sec at F/4.0 at ISO 1600. No post work was done on this image (Amazingly)
The couple love this shot & they have it as a piece of art in their living room. It is such an emotional, romantic shot. And they are a beautiful couple with perfect profiles. I love the grandeur.
Initially I was going to shoot them coming downstairs with flash. So, I rushed downstairs before the couple (and the crowd waiting on the sides to come down). And when I turned, all I could see was this silhouette. So instead of the boring standard flash shot, I just whacked up the ISO from 200 to 1600 and put cam onto F4, so get as much detail as possible and took the 3 photos. The crowd were calling that they wanted a drink so I had to be very quick. Amazingly - no post work apart from straightening a little.
I love this shot. It wasn't planned ... it just came in that moment.