Sam and Scott chose the amazing Grendon Lakes in Northants to frame their festival themes wedding. It was a gorgeous summers day with amazing light, laughs and live music from acts across the globe. A real party vibe!
This is the beautiful Sam on the morning of her wedding. We had gone upstairs to find her shoes in the room this picture was taken – it was a bit of a mess (standard for the morning of a wedding) but I had an idea for a portrait which would mean we didn’t need to spend any precious time tidying things away. I closed the curtains – just off to the right which darkened off the entire space leaving it feeling a little mysterious and stood Sam about 1 meter back. This is the result, a clean stunning portrait, free from visual distractions. Space always seems to be at a premium and this was no exception, I had to push myself as far back as possible and use a 35mm lens for this wedding photo.
Throughout the last 2 years I’ve used a Canon 1Dx (and 5D3’s) this picture was taken with the 1Dx with a 35mm 1.4 lens. I love how I can meter on a focus point on the 1Dx, so I got an accurate exposure on Sam’s skin tones and the rest fell into place. Technically it’s a simple shot, I think where the picture succeeds is in the mood and tone set by Sam, it was a genuine moment of excitement and nervousness, that’s something you can’t fake or edit later in photoshop. I carried out a simple black and white conversion using my own preset, nothing else was required. I left Sam exactly how I found her, no editing/retouching on her whatsoever. I went with black and white to emphasise the feeling this moment conveys, I think mono is a wonderful way of reducing a photo down to the contents by removing visual distractions – as it happens there wasn’t anything in this frame which distracts away from Sam, but it’s a nice trick to simplify a moment and create/stir emotions.
Couples are always shocked that I can capture images and transform the spaces they’re shot in. I get this a lot: “Wow, you took that in my bedroom” or “I had no idea you could make my lounge look so cool”! I love creating moments in spaces that my couples are familiar with, but doing it in an unfamiliar way, it’s an exciting process. The couple love this frame and so do I for the same reasons.
The Select Bride’s Thoughts
This is simple a beautiful portrait, wonderful soft lighting that places all the focus on the bride. All whilst transforming the space the bride is in to make this wedding photo look like a studio shot.
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