Although part of being a wedding photojournalist is about blending in and working unobtrusively amongst the guests, sometimes its nice to take a step back and try to capture a sense of the atmosphere of the day. When I was booked for this Prussia Cove wedding photography, it’s because my clients like the style of photography they have seen in my albums or in my wedding portfolio. They understand the nature of wedding photojournalism or documentary wedding photography and are happy for me to photograph their day as I see it, and not with a ‘shot list’ in mind. This leaves me free to look for those unusual pictures that would be missed if I was trying to make sure I had taken a picture of every guest present. Like the pictures here of the speeches and Prussia Cove fireworks.
Finding An Alternate Viewpoint
This picture is from a wedding in Prussia Cove in Cornwall, and was taken during the speeches. It was early evening in February, and the room was candle lit. Great for atmospheric pictures using just the available light. I very rarely use a flash which would have killed any atmosphere. I took some pictures in the room focusing on the Bride who was speaking. But I’d already noticed that it might make a nice picture from outside, using the window to frame some of the guests. I framed the picture, then had to wait for the right moment. I took a few frames here, and this is the best one for the guests reaction.
Prussia Cove Fireworks Over the Rocks
This second example is from later that evening at the same wedding. There were to be fireworks in the garden, and the guests assembled outside the back of the house. This mansion beach house is right on the cliffs in Prussia Cove. I could have stayed with the guests in the garden and shot the fireworks from there with the guests as silhouettes, but I wanted to set the scene a little more, taking in the coast – reflections in water and fireworks usually make for a good picture. So I left the party, and walked for 20 minutes with my tripod, and then sat for another 20 minutes waiting for this picture. I didn’t miss any coverage at the party, and instead got this different view that none of the guests would have seen.
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