As we get deeper into the cold harsh winter, it’s easy to forget the warmth of Summer weddings and evenings of Pimms and laughter. Many couples planning weddings in the Winter months have dates booked in the Summer, when strong light and bright colours play a big part in the day. One of the defining aspects of documentary wedding photographers is our use of black and white images. Certain photographs lend themselves to being displayed in monochrome more readily than others, and of course, it’s just as important to recognise when a scene should be displayed in colour.
This first image was from Lia and Aled’s wonderful Spring wedding at the George Hotel in Rye, East Sussex. It was an unusually warm and sunny day. During the drinks reception, the sunlight was very strong, forming harsh shadows. One way to overcome this is to shoot into the sunlight which gives a much more even light on peoples faces. When photographed correctly, it can add contrast to a scene and accentuate colours.