Category Archives: Image of the Week

Image of the Week #16

My Image of the Week is this purely documentary wedding photograph, taken after the wedding breakfast and before the dancing began. The bride Becky is playing hide and seek with her young bridesmaid Niamh while everyone enjoys their coffees, oblivious to the high drama unfolding! Completely undirected by me, this is a caught moment of delight between the two of them, with Niamh counting down as Becky went to hide.

The strong diagonal line moving from lower left, through Niamh and directly across to Becky gives the image a good dynamic. The key figures both occupy spaces roughly one third and two thirds across the image, both laterally and vertically, which is often a pleasing compositional arrangement. Niamh’s arms echo the shape of the chair beside her and create a visual bounce into the picture.

Converting the image to black and white reduces the visual clutter of the room, and allows me to emphasise the two key elements, Niamh and Becky. I used a vignette to darken the edges and bring the viewer further into the image.

The settings on the 5D3 were ISO 1600, 24mm lens, shot at f4.0 at 1/640th second. Black and white conversion made in Adobe Lightroom 4.

You can see more of Becky and Tom’s wedding in my blog post here. As always, do sign up for email updates to receive my wedding stories hot off the press!

 

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Image of the Week #15

I always look forward to wedding photography in London, and we have many London weddings booked this year. My Image of the Week was taken at the exclusive London wedding venue The Hurlingham Club in Chelsea.

It’s an observational photo, loosely directed by me as part of our portrait session during the reception. This couple were very relaxed – you can tell – it’s just started to rain. Is she bothered? Not a bit. I love the coolness, calmness and comfort in this image – they are easy with each other, and with me, which is how it is with my clients on wedding days. The chairs and tables give the image a European, perhaps Parisian air.
This photo is from my archives, and pre-dates even this web site and blog. You can see another wedding I shot at The Hurlingham Club more recently here. As always, do leave a comment in the box below. If you’d like to contact me regarding wedding photography in London, or anywhere, I’m here.

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Image of the Week #14

This week’s IOTW is a beautifully caught documentary image as Keely, the bride, is on her way to the wedding ceremony. I realised that she was going to cross the shafts of sunlight as she walked down the stairs at Theobalds Park wedding venue, and captured the image at the optimum moment.

Compositionally, Keely’s head is in the classic 1/3rd across the frame, and 1/3rd down. There is a strong diagonal line from the window ledge, top right, down across the dress. This leads the eye to another angle, 1/3rd up, with the bannister rail heading off to the bottom right corner of the image.

The exposure, as in most cases, was for the face, and there is a huge difference between the highlight and shadow areas, so although there is a little detail lost in the brightest parts of her dress, I think the exposure is about right. It’s a dynamic image of a calm and thoughtful moment.

Theobalds Park wedding venue

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