Photographing a Wedding Evening Reception / by Simon Cardwell

It's not often I stay to photograph the evening reception of a wedding, I typically leave not long after the first dance. So this was a rare opportunity to get some different photographs to what I usually come away with.

I adopt the same approach to an evening reception as I do to the rest of the wedding, I stand off & let people behave naturally & get the photographs that way, I very rarely pose anyone throughout the day. 

Occasionally a posed photograph comes together naturally, and they always look a lot better than had I try to awkwardly interact & pose the picture myself: 

People often let their guard down on the evening (usually in part because the photographer has left): 

At this wedding I was there until the end of the evening reception, and a nice sequence of photographs came together for that moment: 

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