I think that I may do a series of posts on why I love particular photos and my thinking behind them. Not sure why, I just think that there are things that I want to share about the images that I don't really get to say.
So for no particular reason, i'm gonna start off with this photo of Paul singing at his Mod Wedding in the Costwolds. Paul married the lovely Nikki in a really stylish Mod Wedding at Cripps Barn, Gloucestershire that was such fun to be at and had some really nice touches. If you want to see more of their wedding click this link: Mod Wedding.
Anyway, back to the photo. Paul & Nikki decided not to have a first dance and instead Paul had put together a band with his best men and ushers and close friends and were going to play three songs to start the evening off with.
I knew something special was going to happen, I just didn't know how cool it would be. So taking the Mod Wedding theme and using that as an influence for how I thought i'd light the shots, I used three flashes, one with a red gel, one with a blue gel (facing the guests) and one with no gel, which provided white light. The thinking being that I'd use the classic red, white and blue colours of the Mod target logo to do something different for these shots. (The house lights really weren't working for me and just made everything look a little flat and dull.)
Then the band started to play. Those first cords still send shivers down my spine. Paul grew about two feet in stature and seemed to be channeling every Mod and indie band front man into his performance. I could see Paul Weller, Noel Gallager, Ian Brown, Tim Burgess and even a little Mick Jagger there. It was like he was a man possessed (in a good way though). You could just tell that this was going to be one of those moments that Paul will be telling his kids, grandkids and probably anyone who would listen about that time that he sung at his wedding. It was one of those 'life moments'. I could tell that Paul was loving every second of it. He was singing to all his friends and family, all the people in the world that he loved the most and was determined to squeeze every last drop of pleasure out of it.
It was a real joy to be able to share that with Nikki and Paul and to be able to capture that moment for them. I even went back and created a Spotify play list based on the music played at their wedding and am currently listening to Sproston Green by The Charlatans, which was the first song that they played. You can listen to the Brit Mod Spotify playlist by clicking the link.
Keep your eyes peeled for more behind the scene posts......