Wedding Photographer Utrecht, The Netherlands. Susan Eikenaar Wedding Photography shares a wedding photography technique.

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I use my background as a documentary photographer in the weddings I capture. I don't just want to take pictures of what happens on wedding days, I want to document everything that happens and present a story. To me, a wedding is not about the dress, the shoes or the cutting of the cake. I want to tell a story about who the couple and their friends and family are and why they are there.

When I asked the bride and groom about their wedding, they said they wanted a 'good party'. I think this is characteristic for a wedding in the southern part of the Netherlands, it was all about enjoying the day with family and friends, having a good laugh and celebrating love, life and friendships. It was a real joy to be a part of this day.

The venue is the Waalse Kerk in the city of Breda. During the ceremony the 4 witnesses of the bride & groom (all close friends) were sitting next to each other in a church bench. In front of the church bench there was a large black piano. At first I was annoyed about this piano because it was so big and I could not get close to these 4 people. But after trying a few things, I noticed that the piano gave me a pretty cool reflection and I wanted to use it to create a cool image of these 4 people that are very important to the bride and groom.

I placed my camera on the surface on the piano to get the reflection. I took this shot a couple of times during the ceremony, but many times the friends were looking in different directions and nothing really happened to make the picture special. I knew the angle/composition I needed, But I needed a better moment to create a good image. When the bride & groom exchanged the wedding rings, I quickly looked at the friends and noticed they all looked in the same directions and had a look of happiness and emotion on their faces. I knew that was the right moment and I quickly took the shot. It was the 4th attempt for this image, and this time I took 9 shots. The 7th shot was the best one.

Shot with the Canon 5D Mark 3, 35mm 1.4,ISO 3200, aperture 1.8, shutter 1/160. I cropped the image and converted it to black & white. The colours were distracting me, I felt that the simple idea of the reflection would work better in black & white. The couple loved this image, they thought it was very funny.

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