Some of my favourite weddings have been what some people would call ‘small’. I tend to refer to them more as ‘short’ since clients are maybe only looking for a photographer for a few hours and are probably looking for less formal photography, less ‘posing’ and so forth. Looking back on 2015 one of my most pleasant memories was what the bride to be described as ‘only a small wedding’ when she first contacted me. It just so happened that this wedding was to be held in one of my favourite places, Glen Esk. Although I know the area and the venue, I had never photographed at The Burn, Edzell before. As is my usual practice a pre-visit, to scout the location was called for. Well any excuse to take a day of and go wandering in the glen.
This shot was taken ’round the back’ as often the best places to shoot can be the less obvious. It pays, come wedding day, to know when the best light and sympathetic backgrounds are to be found.
And the same with interiors. All the time I am thinking, “can I shoot this as naturally as possible?”
No problem at all!
With just the slightest touch of flash to lift the shadows.
With a lot of the ‘unposed’ shots I used Black and White to underline the documentary approach.
And so far as the ‘posed’ shots it was quite enough to just get the right people in the right place, with nice light and let their happiness shine through.
Guests totally relaxed …
And our newly weds sharing a bale of straw!
Glen Esk, a most memorable wedding in the glen.
Our congratulations and best wishes to Roisin and Jason.
You can see a short animation here : https://vimeo.com/146895624