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Wedding Photographer France. Philip Stephenson shares a wedding photography technique.

At Wedding Photography Select, we don't just want to show you the best images from the best wedding photographers around the world. We want to tell you a little story behind them as well. The idea, the execution, the result. As this section grows, we want to give you an in depth description of each of the shots taken by some of the very best wedding photographers. We hope it proves to be inspiring and insightful.

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I have been a professional photographer since 2001. British born, I worked as a news photojournalist in London until I moved to France in 2007; this is where I started photographing weddings. I found wedding photography brought together many of my interests and gave me creative freedom. I launch myself 100% to the industry in 2011. Since, my photos have gained awards through the WPJA, ISPWP and Fearless Photographers.

I saw the potential of this photo before the moment. The graphic lines and variety of tones from the natural light drew my attention to this area. So I kept an eye on what was happening near the stairs while photographing the bride, Pauline, getting ready. Her father had gone upstairs to change while she was waiting with other family members to leave for church.

I almost never prompt clients or setup photos, so when Pauline greeted her dad as he came down, I got that little flutter inside that said ‘this is it’. Their interaction was crucial to making this photo. Their gestures and placement add tenderness to an otherwise stark and graphic image. The skylight (backlight) pays a huge value to this image and was probably the deciding factor for taking this shot. It defines everything down to the little highlight on her hair.

The equipment I used for this photo was a Canon 5D mkii with a 24-70mm, f2.8L lens. Although shooting digital I adopt a film like approach as if each shot is limited and precious; so I use single shot shooting. This helps to keep my eye sharp and improve my reflexes when trying to capture the moment. I always use manual exposure too.

I shoot raw files which I edit through Aperture with personal presets. During post-production I’ll apply a global colour process and label any images I’d like to see in b&w. I’ll also rate images of preference and flag any photos that I’d like to edit further in PhotoShop. I do as much as possible in-camera though if retouching can ‘make the difference’ I may do some minor PhotoShop edits. In this image for example, I darkened the wall under the stairs to avoid distraction.

The overall resulting image for me is very pleasing.





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