I can’t help but get excited when I’m about to shooting a wedding on a glorious sunny day at an amazing venue. Peter and Tara’s wedding was one of those occasions.
It was a sunny Friday in March, and there was just enough scattered cloud in the sky to bask the big day in perfect light for outdoor photography. The venue was a quaint hotel situated opposite from Hampton Court Palace – the famous home of King Henry VIII. The Palace was earmarked by us for group photography later in the day.
Fellow We Are SO Photo photographer Stuart Tree and I were enlisted for three hours of photography, covering the ceremony and group shots. We work best as a duo on wedding shoots, both taking our places in the periphery of the day’s events, working away without being noticed. For the most part, Stu was armed with his trusty 50mm portrait lens, me with my mid-range zoom. Our aim is always to catalogue the day from different sides of the venue, covering candid, posed and artistic shots. Putting our photographs together in one set at the end then creates a complete story of the special day.
Once the formalities of the ceremony had finished, we took the wedding party on to the hotel’s wooden veranda, which sat alongside the River Thames. Such a setting lends itself perfectly to great photography and makes our job a lot easier. Perfect lighting, a beautiful couple, and stunning scenery – what more could you ask for?
Then it was time to take the steps all photographers should take if they want to capture those extra-special shots – taking a liberty. On this occasion Stu and I took Peter, Tara and a further twenty of the wedding party over the road and in to the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. Security did their best to prevent us from shooting in front of the Palace, but a few kind words, and the promise that we’d be done within 20 minutes left them with no choice. Besides, who would be so cold as to turn away a beautiful bride on the biggest day of her life?
Not getting these shots would have left Stu and me, and most probably Peter and Tara, feeling unfulfilled. So, it was an opportunity we had to take. And the gamble paid off. The shots outside the Palace were among the best shots of the day and I can’t wait until I hand the photographs over to the newlyweds.
Author – Oliver Pohlmann