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I shot this image several years ago at the Rich Mix Cultural Foundation in Bethnal Green,East London during the couples first dance using a Canon 5D MKII, a Canon 15mm Fisheye Lens and a reflector on my Speedlite. It’s taken using a technique that I’ve adapted from when I used to shoot surfing photography where essentially you fix the focus and then try and get the camera as close to the subject as you can at the optimum moment.
It’s a bit hit and miss as you’re obviously not looking through the view finder but it can result in some dramatic images if you get it right. I still use this technique pretty regular to shoot dancing but I’ve retired the fisheye from Weddings now in favour of a Canon 14mm f2.8mm lens as it could be pretty unflattering at times. Working this way does require you being incredibly close to the couple so you have to earn their trust a bit. I’ve always felt a bit like I’m invisible when I’m taking pictures, a bit like when a child closes their eyes and thinks no one can see them! However to be honest I think the real trick is just not to make eye contact and to smile a lot!
This image has been cropped and dodged quite a bit to draw attention to the Grooms face. I’m definitely drawn to smiley people (or people smiling) and from that perspective this couple were a dream to photograph.’
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