Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Never work with whom?

It's always an honour to be asked to photograph someone's wedding - it's the most important day of their lives, and they're asking to remember it through your eyes (or at least your lens!). People sometimes ask me whether I feel a lot of pressure because of this - fortunately, my approach to weddings is all about taking the emphasis of the photographer! No-one wants to stand in a line for four hours whilst the photographer bosses them all about. And, conversely, the best shots are the ones which allow the couple to later look back at the day through the eyes of their guests, family and friends, as well as bringing back their own happy memories of the day.

One of the best ways to view a wedding is through the eyes of a child - everything's new, exciting, everyone's a new friend, and the outfits are the best thing ever. Until the opportunity to slide down grassy banks comes along. So, here is a journey through a wedding; as seen by the children that make it so fun!

Boys like cars. Girls, less so, but if it's pretty, they'll be very happy to stand near it.
"One day, I'll have one like this..."

"This is more my scene - time to become the most important person/princess of the day.
What's that? I'm not the most important person here?"

Pretty much anything that shows up fingerprints, will.

Pretty in pink!

They're great smiles; but in truth, they're made slightly nervous by the size of my camera compared to theirs.

"Time for a nap..."

"What's down here? Probably going to get muddy."

"Worms and mud I can deal with. But girls? With tennis balls?"

One of the most important things is to give children the space they need to have fun. This was shot using a telephoto lens about 30m away from the fountain - they didn't even know we were there!

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