Floriana and Vasya

Yesterday Floriana and Vasya got married. I met up with them outside the Cambridge City Council on Castle Hill to take some photos. We started with a quick walk up the nearby Castle Mound, and then proceeded to Jesus Green for the main part of the photo shoot. With us were a few of their family and friends.

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Just married!
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My original plan was to have a bit more of the city in the background, but I ended up with a lower view to get them better separated from the ground. I have done a few jumping shots now, and it is easier if one of the jumpers does the counting. After a few tries we got this one. I like Floriana’s casual pose in the centre.
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Floriana and her brother. I did some directed shots, but the best ones just happened naturally. All I had to do was to be there and capture the moments.
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They had a specially decorated bike for the trip. I had to run to keep up with the bride and groom, luckily the traffic lights gave me a chance to get ahead of them and shoot this photo as they crossed the intersection.
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A helping hand.

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We did a group shot, where we started with the bride and groom, then added one person at a time, asking each person to come up with a funny pose. Lots of laughter. This was not the complete group shot, the woman in black had just stepped into the frame and her pose put a big grin on my face.
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I like the light in this photo, it has a magical feel to it. The photo is slightly brightened to compensate for the bright sky.
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A kiss under the tree. Here I was working with the silhouettes, underexposing the photo and capturing the kiss just before it happened.
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Here my plan was to create a framing with the branches overhead, and the shadows below. If I would have staged this shot then I would have asked them to spread out a bit, but it was pretty good as it happened.
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Floriana had mentioned that she likes the photos by Doisneau, and she wanted a shot similarly to “Baiser Blotto”. I had to google that one, but this is my take on it. I have brightened up the green colours to make them silhouetted against the background. I also added a bit of tilt-shift blur to calm down the leaves that were a bit distracting at the top.
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Playing a bit with the group shot. One of the last shots in the series. Not your usual wedding photo, but we had fun.

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Shooting weddings is both easy and difficult at the same time. There is a happy atmosphere, with lots of smiling and cheering people which makes it fun and easy.  What for me is a bit more tricky is to do the standard directed shots, more specifically finding good poses for the couple. I do not just want to snap the shot, I want to create something beautiful, placing them in a context. If I do this again then I might try to do a few shots with my 85 mm lens also, to get details of the dress, close ups of faces and so on. Might have to check out a few more wedding sites to get some inspiration.

Cheers,

Johannes

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