I’m not sure who feels the most contentment here.
I think in this image, captured at a Combe Manor wedding, it’s a close run campaign between the bride’s best friends front row, the bride herself, and, well, me. Ask me what makes a wedding such a unique and satisfying creative experience in photographic terms, and it’s an image such as this that I’ll seek from the catalogue. My contentment in the role I have as a professional wedding photographer comes from photographs such as this.
I’m fast coming round to the idea that there’s a strong social documentary facet to what I choose to photograph. These are living images, legacy pictures. As I say on my “180 Seconds” film, wedding photographs announce a subject’s place in their modest yet important Universe.
I look back at my late mother and father’s wedding photographs and there aren’t any informal real moments such as this. To me, their album is pretty much perfect as it’s them, and that means the World.
It would be absolutely perfect if I could sense a palpable exchange of impromptu undirected personality.