Wedding Photographer Christelle Rall
Cape Town, South Africa
I have been a professional photographer for 9 years, specializing in wedding photography for the past 4 years. I have shot around 450 weddings as a main shooter and usually work alone or with an assistant. I have two bodies that I work with at certain times of the wedding such as the ceremony and reception, but I prefer shooting with just one body in the more ‘controlled’ areas such as the portrait photo sessions. My favorite lens is probably the 14 to 24mm as I love shooting really wide, but I also have 2 other zoom and 2 other prime lenses in my bag at any given time.
This photo was taken while shooting the bride and the bridal preparations for the wedding. The bride wrote each bridesmaid a heartfelt letter with regards to why she specifically chose them to be part of her special day. The bride and this specific bridesmaid have been friends for a very long time, they grew up together and now they don’t see each other that much anymore as the bridesmaid lives abroad. I saw this was a very emotional moment for everyone involved and almost everyone in the room was crying. The mum, the bride, the flower girls to the bridesmaids. I moved around a lot to get the best shot to tell the story the best way, but it was a very dark room with just one tiny window, not easy for any wedding photographer, and a LOT of people in it. Initially I took a few images with the bride and her flower girls looking at the bridesmaids reading the letters. But then I saw the tear running down her face and quickly set the cameras shutter to continuous, aimed and fired! Hoping that I would get the tear mid air. I had to get down really low and close to her and use the window as the back light all whilst getting focus and doing camera settings for exposure. So, not an easy feat. It happened quickly and I had to work very fast, but I love the end result. I think it tells the story perfectly in that it is only her face and the letter that is causing the emotion in this image.
The Select Bride’s Thoughts
An emotional moment and a decisive moment. It’s a beautiful shot and we wanted to know more about the bride and this amazing moment Christelle Rall manages to freeze in time.
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