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Their big day

By PeterLaw
Well Chris and I managed to get to the wedding without getting lost [thanks to Tom-Tom}
It was minus 5 degrees celcious on Saturday, So please feel sorry for uds whilst the outside photographs were taken, all shots hand held, , nothing in the sky due to a heavy mist.Comment really are welcome, this is a rare occaasion for m e to take this type of image so any advice would be welcome.

Tags: Fashion General Wedding and social Portraits and people Mitch and colin Horsley towers

Voters: Bob_V, ugly, glyndwr and 24 more

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Bob_V 14 1 2 United States
12 Jan 2009 3:24PM
Two wonderful shots Peter.
ugly Plus
14 9 58 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 3:51PM
V1 is the best of the shots.
I do like the way you used the mirrow as a halo around the man head......

Well taken on all the shots....

ChrisV 15 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 4:07PM
Significant problems with all four I'm afraid, Peter.

The main one is about five degrees off-kilter, which you can fix easily.

More seriously the image demonstrates why you need to diffuse, or at least bounce flash where you're taking these indoor portraits. You're holding the camera on the right with the flash mounted on the top - the obvious and ugly shadow illustrates this. On top of that you've got differently coloured highlights from the overhead lighting. Combined this is very unflattering for any portrait photography. (Your flash is meant not simply to give sufficient light, but to evenly spread it on the subject in this type of thing)

The second, of the venue, just doesn't do anything. Buildings by themselves are often not very interesting - why are there no people in this? Was there not a better angle. Could you have avoided having chopped-off bits of hatchback in either corner?

Shot 3 is no better - not a great angle, feet chopped off, parts of the dress chopped off, bride looking one way, groom looking the other, again off true by an amount that suggests a lack of experience. The guests are randomly placed in an unbalanced composition.

Shot four is the poorest of the bunch - the others are at least all in focus. But the gaze of the party does show that you were'nt the principal photographer here - lucky, because I doubt you'd be paid for these.

I know this sounds very harsh, but I hope you will appreciate the criticisms are meant to be constructive and that you will be able to reflect on them and apply the thought to the next time you have a go at something like this.
mark1309 15 13 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 4:35PM
V1 for me as the best shot, I#m unable to give advice as not my thing either wedding shots,
koka 14 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 5:06PM
definately favour the indoor shots - the bride looks frozen otherwise. Katie
lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
12 Jan 2009 5:38PM
I love the expressions
TonyFrith 15 3 6 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 6:20PM
I once did a wedding for a friends son a few years ago
Glynnis controlled the people & young hooligans running all around the place
it was in the days of film & it was very nerve racking for me I vowed then that I would never do another one as been the sole Photographer
as to how they turned out
they were excellent & I was immediately asked by a bridesmaid to photograph her wedding
I declined

RTDS 13 Cyprus
12 Jan 2009 6:40PM
Great captures.
V1 is my fav.
I like them all,great shots they are.
whiteswan01 14 13 England
12 Jan 2009 7:01PM
great set V1
photophantom 14 108 3 Philippines
12 Jan 2009 7:28PM
Lovely shots Peter.
VidB 13 11 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 7:47PM
V 1 works the best for me Peter,it could do with a bit of easy work in PS have a try I think it's worth it.
jaktis 18 84 Sweden
12 Jan 2009 8:15PM
Interesting since I am supposed to photograph a wedding later this year. They look happy anyway

Pegon 17 78 1 England
12 Jan 2009 10:06PM
Nice shots to look back on Peter. I've done a wedding, it was chaotic, I said then, never again. The kids were running all over the place, the Best Man who was supposed to be assisting me was as drunk as a newt.
pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2009 10:07PM
I am not really qualified to comment but agree with Chris re V4 it is out of focus the only other comments I might make V1 I dont so much like the mirror behind the couple but it was probably difficult to avoid, V2 shame about the cars but difficult to get round unless you can clone them out, this is possible (not easy to do) a sky might have helped, V3 you cut off the bottom of the wedding gown but they do look a very happy couple and I am sure they enjoyed having you there to share their day, all things you can learn from. I think Chris was a little harsh, as a first attempt at wedding pics I think you have managed very well. Not an easy subject I have taken a few wedding pics and speak from experience, the main thing is - you enjoyed the event and you have a few pics of your own taking. I am sure the bride and groom will enjoy these images. Dont be too disheartened - you tried and with good intentions.
Techno Plus
13 6.6k 8 England
13 Jan 2009 8:11AM
Very noble attempt Peter, I doubt that's how my attempt was described when I asked to be the principle Photographer at a friends wedding, never slept for nights before the event or after!
Total utter chaos would be one way of describing it.
So good on you Peter..

13 Jan 2009 4:38PM
u give us advice...EXCELLENT weddingpics Peter
JimV 16 6 3 Canada
21 Jan 2009 2:21AM
As principle wedding photos probably not the best Peter, but as candids taken by a guest I'd say you have every reason to be satisfied with them!
Rgds., Jim

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