Some of my best creative reportage wedding photography has been of children. Little people doing what they do best, just being them. They have an innocence that we lose as adults, and so make great subjects at weddings. While photographing the ceremony of Ashleigh and Will, I spotted the Bridesmaid and two Flower Girls stood to the side all in row. I took a photograph with my wide angle lens, combining the 3 girls with some of the guests and of course the couple themselves. It looked pretty good, but I wanted to be a bit more creative to isolate the girls from their surroundings and make the scene a little more intimate, so I looked for a different viewpoint. I grabbed my 135mm lens. I could have cropped in tight and shot the 3 girls heads, but the Bridesmaid was considerably taller than the two Flower Girls, which didn’t make for a clean composition. Instead I chose to focus on their feet. So I dropped to my knees, framed up and waited. The young girl on the right raised her foot and I quickly took my shot. I like this more than when her foot was flat as it not only adds interest to the scene, but also highlights her restlessness during the ceremony. It’s a true storytelling reportage wedding photograph, one that could have gone unnoticed had I decided to be less creative.
Shot on a Canon 5D with 135mm f/2L, Aperture Priority Exposure Mode, 1/800 sec, f/2.2, 100 ISO.