My Image of the Week is one of my favourites from Amanda and Andrew‘s lovely wedding shot in a beautiful Cambridge college. As Hertfordshire wedding photographers, it’s always a pleasure to visit a new wedding venue. Amanda and Andrew are in love, completely comfortable with each other, and equally important, on this occasion anyway, completely comfortable in my presence.
As a gently directed image, I wanted to show Amanda’s dress off, particularly the lacy bodice, so I asked her to face away from Andrew but still to turn her head to him. I didn’t ask them to kiss, but one thing lead to another…
I love two things in particular about this image – her strong and graceful arm pulling him towards her, and his smooth head echoing the curved arches beyond. I like the openness of Amanda’s body, and the covered-ness of Andrew’s. Their heads are exactly two thirds of the way up the frame, and a little off-centre. I could have cropped more tightly on the right, but I felt that the final arch leading out of the image on the right frames the light which your eye is drawn to, so I kept it in. And I like the complete arch above their heads, again I didn’t want to crop into it.
A calm but strong image, quite architectural, and a lovely portrait which, of course, is included in their album.
For the photographers amongst you, this image was shot on my 24mm, f4.0, 1/40th second, ISO 400.