Wedding Stories

East Sussex Wedding Photographer

Documentary Wedding Photographer
Signing the Register

This image was captured from a wedding i remember very well. It was shot on Valentines Day way back in 2002! The church was in Ringwood, Hampshire and the couple held their wedding reception at Burley Manor in the New Forest.

Once again, this totally unposed image has a few layers to add interest all around the frame, to really effectively tell the story of the moment. Dad is witnessing the marriage, the flower girls look a tad fed up with it all, while the happy couple have a sneaky kiss in the background. The vicar was oblivious to me capturing the image, as were the other people in the photo. This despite the vestry being quite small.

No flash and a fast lens enabled me to do this unnoticed. This images was shot on 35mm film from a trusty Nikon F6; one of 3 film bodies i had around my neck at the time. This would have had Ilford XP2 (or Fuji’s equivalent), while i also had a Nikon F5 with a zoom and NPH 400 and a Leica M7 with the same lack and white film as the F6 with a 35mm 1.2 lens. This enabled me total flexibility and speed in the way i could shoot natural, documentary images back in a time where most photographers stuck to a rigid formula of safe posed images.

The lens used for this image was a Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens and the ISO would have been 320.

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