Black and White Challenge Day 1


Some of my favourite BW wedding images in the Black and White Challenge Day 1

There’s a friendly little challenge going around Facebook at the moment amongst professional photographers. It’s to share a different BW image for each of 5 consecutive days. So thanks to my friend John Fox (who I met in Venice last year on the wedding workshop), here’s my submission for the Black and White Challenge Day 1.

This is one of my favourite images from Gilly and Rod’s wedding in August. It was held at the beautiful Church of St. Nicholas in Studland village, on Dorset’s Isle of Purbeck. I’ve photographed weddings at this beautiful little Dorset church on several occasions, and I love it. As I commented in a recent post, you half expect Miss Marple to walk around the corner of the Church! It’s quaint, pretty, and in a stunning location.

In this age of colour, what’s the attraction with Black and White? To be honest, I guess it’s because it’s so simple. Colour can distract your eye, pulling it to a specific area of a photograph. Having that image in Black and White creates a purity. It lets you concentrate on the actual subject. Mind you, it doesn’t necessarily work for every image. There are some wedding photographers who work exclusively in BW who’d disagree. I’ve shot an entire wedding in BW and I loved it. But, for most people, I think a blend of colour and BW is what they like best.

Why did I choose this image for day 1? I love the beautiful light streaming through the side window and also through the window at the end of the nave. The way that the members of the Choir are looking at Gilly & Rod. And the expressions – just love a smiling Bride! 🙂

You might also like to have a peek at a little “teaser” slideshow that I put together from their special day. If you’d like to see more about this particular venue, then take a look at yesterday’s post about Kerrie and Nick’s wedding at St Nicholas Church Studland.

So, stay tuned and watch out over the course of the next few days as I progress through the Black & White Challenge.


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