East Sussex Wedding Photographer
East Sussex Wedding Photographer Peter Prior ABIPP MCrGWP shares another of his favourite wedding images in his Behind the Lens series. This photograph was taken at a wedding near Dorchester in Dorset. I have shot quite a few weddings in the West and South West of the country over my career. I love it there and always enjoy covering them.
I remember that I had shot a Sussex wedding on the Friday and then had a long day covering a wedding in Central London on the Saturday. This was a Sunday wedding and after just a few hours sleep, I drove the three and a half hours to Dorset, arriving early to check out the venue long before I was due to start shooting.
I came across this photograph when I was backing up old hard drives. I always like to keep multiple back ups of images just in case and was doing some scheduled “housekeeping”.
I remember that I had just photographed the bride getting ready in the bridal suite. I waited at the top of the staircase and then as she walked downstairs to be married I hung back to capture this moment.
I love the movement in the dress, the richness and warmth of the mixed lighting and the “textures” in the wooden stair rail. It was quite a dark staircase and of course, this was shot without reaching for my flashgun. I wanted to retain the movement, atmosphere and mood within the picture and flash would have ruined this. The dress was a subtle pink so i also wanted to try to retain this colouration in the images throughout the day.
Unusually for me, I can’t remember the name of the venue.