A favourite photo: the tipsy bridesmaid

This is a favourite of mine from Emma and James‘ wedding – it’s all about a documentary wedding photographer making his/her own luck and wearing out shoe leather!

The way I photograph a wedding is all about observing the light, the people and the moments. I don’t work to shotlists (with the exception of any portraits that are needed). I work in the moment, photographing the story of your day as it happens. This is often termed ‘documentary wedding photography.’

For me documentary wedding photography involves a lot of walking during the wedding day. I find this the most effective way of discovering and nailing great images that document and tell the story; it’s all about making my own luck as on my travels I’ll often come across little moments like this.

This group were having a good old chinwag with lots of laughter so they caught my attention enough to pause and watch. I don’t think the bridesmaid was particularly drunk but something told me to hang on and sure enough a wonky hay-bale was her undoing!

She was in hysterics but you’ll notice she did an admirable and very professional job of keeping the presecco level – top marks! The mother of the groom (on the right) also catches my attention: she is having a right old chuckle!

A classic little wedding moment neatly captured in a documentary style for smiles long into the future! It’s what wedding photography is all about in my book.

,P.S. Click to read all about Emma and James’ Buckland House, Devon wedding and here’s a photofilm to enjoy too…

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