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The bride's arrival

By Jeff Ascough, miércoles julio 01, 2015
Using the strong backlighting to give a semi-silhouette adds some mood to the image. It was important to have the bride's figure over the bright doorway to emphasise her importance within the image.  Canon EOS 5D MARK III. EF 16-35mm f2.8L II. 1/100 sec @ f7.1, ISO 800

Using the strong backlighting to give a semi-silhouette adds some mood to the image. It was important to have the bride's figure over the bright doorway to emphasise her importance within the image.

Canon EOS 5D MARK III. EF 16-35mm f2.8L II. 1/100 sec @ f7.1, ISO 800 © Jeff Ascough

June, July and August are always the busiest months for wedding photographers in the UK. For us, June came and went in a blur of white dresses, castles, churches, marquees and travel. Lots of travel. This month we have driven an average of just under 500 miles per wedding and photographed for just over ten hours at each event. Next month we are in Holland, Cumbria, London, Somerset and Warwickshire, and August sees us shooting everywhere from Scotland to the South coast!!

Weddings aren’t for the feint hearted. There are many moments where you aren’t in control of what might happen in front of the camera, and yet these are some of the most important parts of the day. Myself and Sarah really enjoy the challenge that these moments bring and even though a lot of our wedding photography is based on anticipation and reaction, we do have processes in place to ensure that we get the very best pictures for our clients especially in these high pressure situations.

A good example is the bride arriving at church with her father. It is one of the most important parts of the day - the culmination of months and even years of planning. As photographers we have the time it takes for the bride and her father to walk the length of the aisle to get our pictures. There are no second chances and you can’t ask the bride to stop or do a retake if something happens and you miss the shot.

With this wedding taken at the start of the month, Sarah positioned herself at the back of the church looking for any reaction from the groom as his bride entered the church. Not all grooms look towards their brides, but if they do, Sarah is there to get the picture. From my position at the front of church next to the altar, I was presented with very strong backlighting and a priest that periodically blocked my shot. Rather than fighting the light I decided to use it as the basis for a semi-silhouette which I felt would add mood to the occasion.

The two different positions that we took up gave us the best possible chance to get the pictures that we wanted. I also worked with a wide angle lens and a telephoto to increase the variety of images within such a short timeframe. It is always good to get a wider view of things to help with the storytelling aspect of the wedding day. These three pictures were from a sequence of seven that we presented to the client.

If you are interested in finding out more about how we work, we have a small number of places left on our October Workshop in London. Details are at http://www.jeffascough.com/workshop-2015/

The bride entering church with her father. Timing is essential  to make use of the light. If the picture had been taken a  moment later, the light would have been really poor on their faces.   Canon EOS 5D MARK III. EF 85mm f1.8 USM. 1/8000sec @ f2.2, ISO 800

The bride entering church with her father. Timing is essential
to make use of the light. If the picture had been taken a
moment later, the light would have been really poor on their faces.

Canon EOS 5D MARK III. EF 85mm f1.8 USM. 1/8000sec @ f2.2, ISO 800 © Jeff Ascough

From the back of the church we get the groom looking at his bride (along with his mother).   Canon EOS 6D. EF 135mm f2L. 1/400 sec @ f4.5, ISO 6400

From the back of the church we get the groom looking at his bride (along with his mother).

Canon EOS 6D. EF 135mm f2L. 1/400 sec @ f4.5, ISO 6400 © Sarah Ascough