My latest Photofilm records photographs and sounds from Stuart and Rochelle’s Notley Abbey wedding day. I’m going to let the film do the talking, although I do want to add a foot note re the best man’s speech segment. I’m one for subtlety undoubtedly, but there are some stories that just capture the spontaneity of an expectant audience in terms of honest ‘didn’t quite expect that one’ laughter. I thought with a cheeky smile this fitted the bill. It was either that or the story about…
The process of compiling this 365 adventure into my back catalogue and current material is somewhat of a cathartic learning process. Never have I studied my own pictures quite so critically. Patterns emerge to which equipment combinations seem to be favoured or indeed work best and whereas I can go some weeks playing catch up with the feature, I’d recommend the enterprise to others in my profession. Promises promises, but I intend to continue the feature even after the close of this current series on New Year’s Eve. It’s also been a sobering reminder of the aging process! I’ve just shot my 35th Notley Abbey wedding. It would be fair to say, I know the venue reasonably well. And this, is from the first wedding I shot there in 2007, but, and I know that you know that I’m going to say this, but it only seems like, altogether now. The available light afforded the ceremony room at the Abbey is simply stunning. In 2012, I probably pull out slightly to record this moment, if only to catch a glance of the guests cheering and smiling. This equally works well for me. It’s the classic natural mantelpiece photograph; well lit, technically sharp, exceptionally real. Not every photograph has to be complex.
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE WEDDING VENUE: Notley Abbey near Thame
SHOOTING DATA: Canon 5DMk1, 24-105mm lens at 88mm, F4, 1/60, ISO 800, over exposed by a third.