One thing I like about the bridal preparations is the trust you can build with your subjects. I will have met the bride & groom beforehand but usually the rest of the guests & family members I meet for the first time on the day.
Therefore arriving a few hours early & growing into the day allows you to build up their trust. What I am looking for is for them to forget about me & not notice the camera, this is something I have honed & got better at over the years.
I am trying to get to those unguarded & honest moments, & you can’t do that if the subject doesn’t trust you.
This wedding took in the St. Michael le Belfrey in York, next door to York Minster. But today I am going to focus exclusively on the bridal preparations before the ceremony.
Parents are a key part of any wedding day & I always look for interaction between them & the couple:
Once I have been there a while I start to blend in & no one even notices I am there:
I usually leave the room while the dresses go on & then come back in:
While I work mostly in a documentary fashion with minimal posing, I always try to take a handful of posed photographs.
A simple posed picture will be well received by relatives & friends, & is quick & easy to do.
This is always a good time to grab a few, when everyone is ready before leaving for the ceremony:
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