I’ve always believed that a natural, unposed shot can be just as visually appealing as one that has been painstakingly choreographed to the nth degree. This unscripted shot, taken just after a recent wedding, illustrates my theory perfectly.
The bride and groom had just finished wishing friends and family outside the church and were about to depart to have their official open-air shots taken. I had put my camera back in its case and was walking away from the church, to where my car was parked on the street.
Suddenly I looked back and saw the bride hurrying to an annexe beside the church (look carefully and you’ll see a small sign that says “Office” on one of the pillars). She was approximately 30-35 metres away from me and it was probably the sound of her heels beating a tattoo on the footpath that initially made me look around.
There was a gale-force wind that afternoon and her veil was flying almost parallel to the ground. The bridesmaid was struggling to hold the bride’s train in one hand and to control the veil with the other. In the background, the best man carried not one but two bouquets while he expertly handed a wheel-along as well.
The bride was in a real hurry, as you can see from the position of her feet. The bridesmaid was doing a great job keeping up with her. The breeze was swirling with unbelievable strength. The light was great. The movement was terrific. The contrast between the white dress and the dark apparel was perfect.
I barely had time to whip out my camera and fire off a solitary, instinctive frame. There’s so much to be said for spontaneity, don’t you think?
I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8, 1/500 sec, ISO 200, focal length 125mm.
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