Part of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013)
I'll admit that i'm a bit of a control freak. I love to set up shots and make photography magic.
I'm of the opinion that clients hire me for my photographic eye and creativity. After all everyone else at a wedding is there taking photos of what is going on and this is known as documentary photography (I hate the term 'reportage', it's dreamt up by wedding magazines and if you ask most wedding photographers, they can't stand it either). Of course I do shoot a lot of documentary stuff, as I like to give my clients a broad spectrum of photography and styles. I'll use what ever I can in order to get the best images for them, but what I really love doing and where I can have lots of fun and be alternative, is to set up shots. I think it's what sets my photos apart from other photographers out there.
So anyway back to this photo. This is Paddy & Isabel who's wedding I shot in the sumer at Rise Hall (you know the one owned by Sarah Beeney) in Yorkshire. We'd traveled up the night before and checked out the venue and as we had some time to kill in the morning, i'd visited a toy shop to get some supplies for the day. When I was there I picked up a couple of bubble machines and bubble guns. I knew that if we did it right this could really work.
So a massive thanks to Harry my second shooter and the bridesmaids for running round with the bubbles and making this shot stand out from all the other photo's taken at the wedding.
Oh and I also picked up a couple of confetti canons for another shot just after this, that I think is one of my favourite photos that I took at a wedding last year.