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Jeff Ascough

Nov12

Location, location, location

By Jeff Ascough, Thursday November 12, 2015
A street scene just before we started the photography of the bride. The people in the picture are tourists and not part of the wedding party, but they still play a part in the storytelling. Taken on a Canon EOS 6D with an EF135mm f/2L USM lens; the exposure was 1/1600sec at f/10, ISO 800.

A street scene just before we started the photography of the bride. The people in the picture are tourists and not part of the wedding party, but they still play a part in the storytelling. Taken on a Canon EOS 6D with an EF135mm f/2L USM lens; the exposure was 1/1600sec at f/10, ISO 800. © Sarah Ascough

As photographers we always want our pictures to take the viewer back to a particular moment so they can experience it as though they were there, or relive it again if they were originally part of it. That storytelling process includes elements within the pictures which give the subject a sense of place and time. To this end we often incorporate street scenes, architecture and landscape into our work.

This aspect of the photographic coverage is incredibly important when working with overseas clients who decide to get married in the UK, or British clients who get married overseas. A vista which a Londoner may take for granted, an American bride may find breathtaking, and it is part of our job to ensure that we capture as much of the essence of a place as possible. It is very easy to become blasé about a city or location if we have worked there before, but we feel it is incredibly important to always try and see it with fresh eyes.

A good example of this philosophy can be seen in a wedding we covered last month; a couple from Los Angeles who were married in London. Sarah started the coverage with some street photography outside of the bride’s hotel, and that set the tone for the day. Throughout the day we made a conscious effort to include as much architecture and atmosphere as possible. We didn’t want anyone viewing the pictures to ask the bride “what was the place like?”, we wanted them to know and understand it while looking through the images.

Technically, weddings in big cities such as London are quite difficult to shoot as there is so much visually to work with. It’s almost a case of not seeing the wood for the trees. We usually shoot with wider lenses, inside and outside, and avoid the use of flash out of respect for the mood and atmosphere when inside of a building. It took incredibly talented architects and designers years to create the beauty and grandeur of an 18th Century palace, with emphasis on subtlety of light, shape and design. We prefer to retain the authenticity of the environment in our pictures and have no problem whatsoever in pushing the ISO capability of the camera to get the pictures that we want. Many times this year my Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Sarah’s Canon EOS 6D cameras have been found shooting at 12800 ISO without any issues.

Guests walking up the stairs to dinner. It was important to keep the statue in the image to give a sense of what the inside of the building was like. The old steps add to the image and the split composition helps visually. The slow shutter speed gives the impression of movement. Taken on a Canon EOS 6D with an EF50mm f/1.8 STM lens; the exposure was 1/20sec at f/2.2, ISO 3200.

Guests walking up the stairs to dinner. It was important to keep the statue in the image to give a sense of what the inside of the building was like. The old steps add to the image and the split composition helps visually. The slow shutter speed gives the impression of movement. Taken on a Canon EOS 6D with an EF50mm f/1.8 STM lens; the exposure was 1/20sec at f/2.2, ISO 3200. © Sarah Ascough

The bride's uncle, who was to give her away, takes time out from the wedding preparations to have a smoke. The London Eye is an integral part of this composition and such an iconic landmark that everyone will know exactly where this was taken. Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens; the exposure was 1/6400sec at f/2.5, ISO 800.

The bride's uncle, who was to give her away, takes time out from the wedding preparations to have a smoke. The London Eye is an integral part of this composition and such an iconic landmark that everyone will know exactly where this was taken. Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens; the exposure was 1/6400sec at f/2.5, ISO 800. © Jeff Ascough