Moment By Moment : Editing a Wedding

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I find that if I’m editing a wedding that’s the one I’m always most enthusiastic about. If I share pictures it tends to be from the couple’s day that is filling my mind as I work on it.


I find a ‘moment’ and work around it


My process for editing a wedding is to take a look at everything I’ve photographed on the day and choose the photographs that work best from each moment I’ve captured. When I’m shooting on the day I tend to find a moment and work around it till I have the one frame that tells that story. I like each photo that I deliver to build on the preceding one – part of the job as a photographer is to be an editor of my own work. I never want to present a couple with multiple photos of something knowing that only one is the ‘right’ photograph. I would say I deliver on average 500 photographs for every wedding I shoot, which is plenty to tell the complete story of the day.

Here is a photograph from my current edit of a wedding I photographed at Aynhoe Park in early July this year. During the reception guests often break up into little groups to chat and joke as the canapés and drinks are served. I love capturing these little vignettes, they can say so much about the ‘feeling’ of the day.

Below is the sequence that I photographed of this particular group talking – there are multiple photos that tell you what is going on.

Some frames were possibilities – some great expressions across faces but not others.

Some were a straight out rejection – the back of someone’s head being to prominent, too many obscured faces, Danny the filmmaker from ‘Minty Slippers’ in the background!

But there were enough frames that worked to leave me with a decision that was about what I personally liked about the photo. In this case it was about how the hand in the foreground (displaying the big engagement ring) framed the two faces on the right. It gives a sense of animation that perhaps the other frames didn’t.


Move from Shot to Shot to build a sequence


This is the process I go through when photographing a wedding and then editing the photographs afterwards. I’ll often stick with a situation till I feel I have the photograph that I want rather than flit around like a butterfly quickly photographing and hoping I get something! The temptation at a wedding is to fire off a camera in multiple directions as there is so much apparently going on – but I prefer to stay calm, move from shot to shot and hopefully build a sequence of photographs that tell a story.

You can see more photographs from Francis and Larissa’s wedding day at Aynhoe Park here.


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