Up close and personal | The story behind #35

To me, documentary wedding photography means more than just documenting the days events in an unobtrusive way. It’s capturing the very essence of the day in a way that allows viewers of the picture to be transported right back there, even if they were never even present on that day. Rather than lurking in the shadows or standing on the outside (often mistaken as the easiest way to remain discreet) I like to blend right in the middle of the action as this is where the best pictures can often be found.

Documentary wedding photography

This is one of my favourite pictures from a recent wedding in London. The couple are leaving for the evening to make their way on their honeymoon, saying goodbye to their guests as they leave. Full of emotion, movement and context, this is the sort of picture I love to take. I’m extremely close to the couple here but yet they’re totally wrapped up in what’s going on, almost as if I wasn’t even there.

For photographers: Taken on a Canon 5D Mk3 using the 24-70mm mk2 at 24mm. The exposure was f/4, 1/125s at 25600 ISO.

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