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Wedding Photographer Lymm. Steven Rooney shares a wedding photography technique.

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I’m a full time wedding photographer based in Southport, England. I work from home and love being able to have a family life alongside my job. I like fun, natural, quirky and different wedding photography.

It was cold. It was January, so it was dark, and it was snowing. What more could a wedding photographer want? All of my original plans went out the window. But my pre-wedding scout was during the day so I didn’t see the twinkly lights until the evening of the wedding. We had shot a few frames in the snow very quickly and darted back inside to warm up! Still snowing…

Once the couple were outside, shivering (not not complaining), I set them up and took the shot. The exposure was 6 seconds to allow the fairy lights to pop. The couple had to stand very still as there was a fair amount of ambient light. I handheld the flash and added a burst using the test button having moved closer to the couple after the shutter was released. The couple then ran back inside to dry off and warm up again! (second image)

I liked the symmetry of the area and the lights – In hindsight I would have liked a higher viewpoint to get the camera nearer to the lights and perhaps have the couple larger in the frame and possibly posed a little better. But I was happy with it (as are the couple) at the time given the conditions. But there are many aspects of this image I’m not happy with and would love to do it again one day… but better.

Technical bit – Av mode – f14, 16-35mm lens at 16mm. ISO 200. Tripod, handheld flash, fingerless gloves, umbrellas.

Post – Lightroom - Gradient from the top to bring out the detail in the shadows and colour of the lights.

Venue – Statham Lodge, Lymm, England





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