I don’t do weddings, but when I received a last minute request third hand from Facebook for a ‘photography student or someone looking to improve their portfolio’ I thought “well, why not”. I had originally taken this to mean a professional photographer was looking for an extra pair of hands at a wedding. This was a mistake on my part. It wasn’t until I had already committed to do it that I realised this was a young couple on a very tight budget looking for someone to photograph their wedding.
Weddings are a photography category all of their own, requiring a lot of people skills and subject knowledge, and I was lacking both in sufficient amounts. It’s nerve racking too. This is probably the biggest day of anyone’s life, and if I messed up it would have a negative affect on them for years to come. Thankfully this was a small, intimate wedding with a few fun, quirky angles for Annika & Chris, the bride and groom.
Fortunately for me there was no church service to cover, or endless formal shots. The wedding party walked to the local canal for a few group photographs before heading of to the reception. Wilton is a picture postcard village in Wiltshire, not to far from my home, with a windmill that can be hired out for such occasions. Myself and the bride and groom stopped off at the village pond for a few relaxed photos against the backdrop of willow trees and thatched roofs.
One of the things I had been asked to come up with was a photo that would capture the one piece of colour coordination between the two of them – Chris’s Red bowtie & Annika’s Red Joules Wellies. I loved the quirkiness of this, and after a few different ideas we opted for the two of them sat on straw bales at the reception.
I spent some time experimenting with different post-production styles, as you can see from the photos here, more vibrant ones to pick out the red wellies, B&W for a softer look etc. I’m no expert when it comes to this as I tend to leave images relatively untouched out of the camera, but I’m pleased to say the happy couple were delighted with the results – phew! I hugely appreciate their faith in me, considering my normal subject matter is horses, and grateful they’ve allowed me to publish a few photos for my portfolio.
Wedding photography is not about to feature regularly in my repertoire, but I do enjoy expanding my horizons, especially if it involves something a little different and quirky. I rode my great white charger through the forest from my house to the church for my own wedding and I’m so pleased I had a photographer on hand for that.
So I don’t do weddings, but if you’re stuck for a photographer, and are planning something a little different for your wedding, I’d be happy to help out.