WPJA Wedding Photography Awards 2018 Round 7
I’m delighted to have two more of my wedding pictures awarded in the latest Wedding Photojournalist Association contest for 2018. They’re both from different weddings, but both with the same theme and thought process behind them. For me, wedding photography isn’t just about the immediate beauty that’s usually obvious on wedding days. It’s more about the longevity of capturing a couples relationship with their loved ones on such a special day. So I spend a lot of time watching and waiting for the right look, glance or touch. That’s probably the main part of being a wedding photographer for me. The mechanics of framing, focusing and exposing the image, all equally important skills, come a close second. But without noticing real beauty, without seeing the kind of moments that have deeper meaning, documentary wedding photography wouldn’t exist.
The image above is Justin and his Father at this Fulham Palace wedding a few weeks ago. The physical similarity between Father and son is the immediate attraction in this scene, but it’s that look and touch between them that makes it a powerful image for me.
Likewise, in the image below, it’s all about Louise’s Mum’s proud look as she watches her daughter marry Ian at their Waddesdon Dairy wedding. The careful framing, to include Louise and Ian in the foreground as they say their vows gives the picture even more context, but it’s still that look and smile that makes the picture so engaging.