Close up wedding photography. Last Sunday I was shooting a Jewish wedding in London. It was meal break time. I sat with the toastmaster. We talked weddings. As you might expect I suppose. And then he flattered me with the suggestion I was a relaxed style of photographer who made people feel at ease #yaddahyaddah. The point of telling you this is not one of boastful statement or marketing spiel. It’s more to do with the fact he felt wedding photographers, more-so documentary style wedding photographers are often far too intimate; practically in peoples’ faces to achieve the shots they require. Not one for bursting bubbles, I agreed that being too intimate is indeed a problem. I shuffled uncomfortably in my seat. He’ll not read this I’m sure, but still I feel the need to admit, that I too like close up photography, let’s call it close up magic. Because in reality that’s what using wider angle glass is. The magic though is making people feel comfortable as you’re doing so. Intimate wedding photography that makes you feel as if you’re part of the action is like conjuring. It’s slight of hand. It’s having folk feel happy you can share their space without them feeling a sense of personal invasion. And then you retreat. So for photographers, embrace your 24mm. For brides and grooms, when searching for a wedding photographer, seek a reaction from viewing their portfolio. If you feel like you’re part of a day through pictures, that’s magic.
Shot data: focal length 24mm, f2.8, 1/1000, ISO 100