A huge benefit of working in a photography business with other associates, is that we support and cover each other if ever needed, whilst delivering a similar style, products and seamless service to our clients. When my colleague and friend Josh went on sabbatical to Germany with his family, timings meant that he could no longer make a couple of wedding bookings. After meeting the clients and discussing the plans, it was agreed that I would cover the weddings in Josh's absence. Zoe & Ben's wedding was one such commission. Josh and I have similar visual styles, but Josh's approach is slightly more towards pure photojournalism than mine. I learned a lot from working with him, inspired by his ability to see and interpret a scene with real insight and humour. Zoe & Ben had booked Josh based on wanting an authentic and completely unobtrusive coverage of their family oriented day. No group photos, no formal shots, no portraits. Just their wedding exactly as it happened. With lots of friends, kids and entertainments, there was a lot going on.
A few times a year - perhaps 5% of bookings - couples want this type of coverage. It pushes creativity. There are no obvious opportunities for 'wow' shots, so observation, composition and timing take absolute priority. Every image has to be relevant, in context and form part of the narrative. It is about the couple, their guests, and the story. It's challenging, refreshing, and I think rather beautiful.
If you were a guest at the wedding and would like to see the full set of images, please visit the gallery or take a look on facebook. Comments are welcomed at the bottom of this post and always appreciated by the bride, groom and future couples.