You know how when an already good day gets even better… I’ve just had one of those! Last month I submitted my first image to the Wedding Photojournalism category of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers image competition. I really loved the image I entered but we all know that photography is such a subjective discipline, so I entered with no expectations. Imagine my surprise as I opened the envelope on Friday with a certificate awarding my image a gold!
This is not a traditional wedding image but I chose to enter it for lots of reasons. The photograph was taken a few minutes after the bride and groom were married and there was such a joyful celebratory feeling in the air and what I really love are the expressions of everyone enjoying the moment. Two Grandma’s look on with an Auntie and Uncle, while the father of the groom laughs with a usher looking towards the best man out of shot, The bride’s Grandad is embraced by a family friend in the background and the Groom touches his niece gently while talking to his brother in law as the Bride makes her little ring bearer (who had flown all the way from Canada) the centre of attention much to the obvious delight of his Mum who is smiling on beside him. The setting also was full of character – an ancient town hall in the Umbrian countryside with walls full of character and large high window that sparingly spilled early summer light onto the front of the room.
It is such a lovely feeling to have my work recognised by the SWPP – as a wedding photographer and portrait photographer when I am shooting it is always with the couple / family / individual in mind but I am so delighted that these images can also have a resonance for others too.
Tech stuff – Image shot on a Canon 5D Mark II, 1/200 sec, F3.5 at 25mm with an EF24-70 lens at ISO 2000.