One of the joys of being a documentary wedding photographer is that it gives me the chance to move around the wedding, unbounded by restrictions. I like to observe. Watch what’s going on. I like “people-watching”. It’s a never-ending story of life. Its up and downs. For example, if someone said I could have my choice of places to drink coffee I’d probably choose a little street café in Paris. Watching the world go by. Pondering over the stories behind the people walking by. Taking candid pictures of reality. Street photography captures the “everyday” elements of life.
Anyway, back to this picture. I was shooting Claire and James’ wedding at the Harbour Heights Hotel in Poole.
After the ceremony everyone settled down. Small groups clustered around the rooms, chatting away. Claire and James made their way, talking to as many family and friends as they could. Now although the Bride and Groom are important elements of the pictures from the day, their guests are equally as important. It would be so easy just to follow the Bride and Groom around and shoot them interacting, but that means I’d miss out. Miss out on opportunities to take pictures that aren’t obviously wedding images.
I saw this guest on his own, totally oblivious to what was going on in the room. In the background the Bride’s talking to guests, her bouquet on the table. We tend to think of the younger generations being addicted to their phones, but technology’s ageless. I’ve shot pictures of youngsters on their phones during weddings. But this image really caught my eye. His face lit by the phone – a study of concentration. A small pool of light in a darkened room. To me it’s much more meaningful than a picture with him holding a glass and smiling into the camera.
I love this image, and hope you do too.
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Ian is one of Dorset’s leading wedding photographers. Based in Bournemouth and with over 20 years of experience photographing weddings across Dorset and Hampshire, Ian’s the perfect choice for couples who want unobtrusive, discreet wedding photography that captures the emotions of their special day. Read more about his own personal style of documentary wedding photography on this website.
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