I’ve always maintained that you may as well ask a wedding guest to take care of nuptial photography, if the wedding photographer you hire doesn’t investigate unique or challenging visual angles from which to shoot. It’s reasonable to expect that some captures are bound to have a simpler record feel; that comes with the territory of returning hundreds of shots per commission, but mixed with that, I’m constantly seeking a fresh perspective of a scene. I remember whilst framing the picture below thinking; “Please, could a guest park themselves on the left hand side of the photograph looking out, and then I’ll practically have a mirror scene.”
No such luck, but then the resulting frame is pleasing enough. It’s a group shot in some respects, as you can see may of the guests in the same frame. It’s certainly social comment. There’s a somewhat busy nature to the piece too; the five guests in the immediate foreground all acting out differing stories. There’s touch, animation, perhaps even some indifference as you scan across the scene.