I've done so many weddings during 2012, but I can't help but look back time and time again at the pictures I took at Dave and Gemma's October wedding:
The day was planned down to the final detail, but with Gemma being an events organiser this was always going to be the case.
I've mentioned in other posts that they were married at Wasing Park in the UK - a stunning location. It was unfortunately a slightly wet day, but this lent itself to some fun shots under the umbrellas. On the downside it forced everyone back into the venue which was awkwardly and unevenly lit (from a photographer’s perspective).
The Story behind the Image
Gemma and Dave can be seen here being showered in confetti by their friends and family.
Being such a wet day confetti just would not have worked outside, as we had planned. I often like the guests to arrange themselves in a 'guard of honour' formation; two rows with the couple walking between them being cheered in. However, in this room there just wasn't the space.
I instead asked Gemma and Dave to stand next to the cake, in a corner and had everyone gather round at the ready with their confetti. The instructions I give are always the same when it comes to confetti: throw high and hard - not AT the couple. it's a tongue in cheek remark, but having them throw the confetti high into the air means it floats down nicely and you have more time to get shots.
I got down onto the floor right in front of Gemma and Dave and had my assistant, Neil, stand to one side. We had agreed beforehand that we'd machine gun this one: we put out camera's onto high speed continuous shooting, we counted down and people launched their confetti high above the happy couple. Neil then held down his shutter release and waited for him to tell me his camera was buffering (by way of a look at me) then I would do the same and fire off 20 shots in quick succession to at least get one good shot from the moment.
I've tried to be 'selective' before and have missed the shot because confetti has been in front of a bride or grooms eyes or, in their mouth or something. The machine gun method with 2 camera's seems to be a trick that works for me: surely at least 1 or 2 out of 40 or so pictures will be good!
Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L USM
Shutter Speed: 1/100