I receive a lot of requests from friends, and friends of friends, asking me to shoot their weddings.
Until recently I’d put off most requests because I didn’t think I had the bossy talents needed to direct huge groups of people to get the great shots required in such a short space of time. Plus you know, the guests aren’t bothered to having their photo taken in various family and friends groups at the end of the ceremony; mostly they just want to start drinking.
Anyway, I said yes to one last year for a very close friend. And to be honest, I quite enjoyed myself. The results went on Flickr and I received some nice feedback.
Then another request I accepted in April and by chance the bride and groom walked through some beautiful gardens in Sunderland (yeah I know, Sunderland?!) and I managed to shoot some stunners there.
That led to my full day wedding in June. By heck, it was baking hot. They were a genuine gypsy family and they had the most stunning horse and carriage for the day. The photos are worth checking out for that alone.
And then most recently I shot Stephen & Vicki’s wedding at Otterburn Tower in Northumberland. The scenery up there is stark, beautiful and rugged. A fitting end to England as you approach Scotland. The venue was also very striking - an old castle famed for Charles I hiding there back in the day. The weather was impeccable and the day was drippingly photogenic. Maybe I did buy my 5D for this.
I’m pretty sure my clients don’t know, nor can tell, the difference between your average dSLR and my Canon 5D. Nor do they care really, I’m sure. But I can. And I’m proud of its capabilities.
I bought it to take stunning landscapes but it seems demand for wedding photos have caused the paths of its use to take a different direction. Long may it continue.