Part of my 31 for January set (a few favourite shots of 2013)
I got accused by one of my second shooters of being ritualistic. I have a few things that I like to do at weddings.
It's a bit sad, but I always play the same song as I drive off after shooting a long wedding. I always try and get a back of the car shot of the wedding couple as a nod to my wife and our favourite wedding photo. I'll try to get the same shot of the groom holding his hands out to test his nerves just before the ceremony (as I remember what it was like). I'll always try to get a bottle of real ale with the lid on, so that I can have it when I get home (brides fathers take note and buy me a drink). And I like to sometimes do a shot that I call 'one for the road'.
So after we've finished shooting the dancing and have packed up all our gear, I'll go and set up one more shot where I can really bust out the off-camera flash and get creative with the lighting. Once this is set up and ready to go, I can then say goodbye to everyone and get the bride and groom to step out for a minute to give them hugs and do one last shot that is often one of the most creative of the day.
This one was taken at the end of a very cool and quirky wedding at Bexhill's De La Warr Pavilion in Sussex. If you know me by now you know that I like to use coloured umbrellas and also I sometimes put flashes in umbrellas.....well this time I did both.
I knew that i'd get something interesting in the reflections and that the light would pass through the umbrellas and onto the ceiling and it just worked. So i'm dead chuffed with this image.
If you'd like to see a few more images from this wedding check out the Rock N Roll wedding gallery.
Or if you'd like to see all the images from this wedding as an example of what clients receive from me, check out the link to the full wedding.