Picture of the week - The Best Mans Speech
Spring is in the air! temperatures are rising, the sun is shining (almost) and I am looking forward to some fabulous outdoor weddings in the coming months. However, as we leave winter behind, I thought I would reflect on the special nature of the winter wedding.
As a photographer I love to photograph in winter because of the wonderful atmosphere that is created by the vanishing outdoor light and the warm cosy feel of the indoors. My picture of the week was taken during the wedding meal in the oak-panelled Ballroom at Hedsor House, Buckinghamshire. The romantic mood was enhanced by the couples choice to light the room with candles. To capture this mood it was important to photograph the scene using the available light - tricky to achieve; demanding a steady hand and the very best camera equipment. The rewards for this approach are evident and well worth the effort.
A good best man's speech will always entertain the wedding guests. By choosing to focus this photograph on the guests I was able to show what a great job this best man was doing. It is the response of the guests that is the story of this photograph. Of course the man himself is in the picture, with his microphone and notes, to add the context, but it's the smiles and laughter of his audience that makes this photograph a winner. The low ambient light, the illumination of the guests faces and the inclusion of the candelabras all add to the mood.
So, here is to the unique mood of a winter wedding and pleasure of a wedding speech well delivered.
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