Category Archives: Wedding Photographs
Taking photos of a wedding is an opportunity and a great responsibility at the same time. There are lots of beautiful and unusual scenes to capture, which makes it interesting for the photographer. The events of the wedding day are however also of great emotional value to the bridal couple and to their families. Therefore, the margin for error is minimal.
These photos represent a small selection from a large number of pictures I took on the occasion of the weddings of some friends in 2010 and in 2011. Some of the photos were taken a few days after the wedding ceremony in a photographic studio.
If you’re looking for a book on Wedding Photography (ger.: Hochzeitsfotografie), I recommend you take a look at “Digital Wedding Photography: Capturing Beautiful Memories” by Glen Johnson (ISBN 978-0-471-79017-4).
This ring shot shows the golden wedding rings in the hand of the bride, which again is placed in the husband’s hand. The background is composed of blurred red roses to add to the romantic character of the picture and to compensate for the somewhat colorless rest of the image.
The photo was taken in a studio environment by utilizing multiple flashes with softboxes. The roses in the background were added from a second shot during digital post-processing.
This photo was taken during the wedding ceremony in the church. Bride and groom are visible in the back, while the camera’s focus is on the groom’s father in the foreground. The long focal distance and the fully opened aperture used in this shot result in a very diffuse depiction of the bridal couple. This directs the viewer’s eye to the person in the foreground, who is watching the couple.
So the viewer is watching another person looking at the ultimate motif. This makes the picture interesting and somewhat of a generational photo.
The priest hands the bridal bouquet over to the bride after declaring the couple husband and wife at the end of the wedding ceremony. The color saturation of the whole picture except for the purple flowers was reduced in digital post-processing. While the angle chosen for this shot is not parallel to the horizon, it places couple, bouquet and priest on one level.
This photo shows the newly-weds laughing at the celebration after the wedding ceremony. The most authentic and emotional pictures can be obtained when persons are unaware they are being photographed. A long focal length and a lens with high light sensitivity (or an increased iso value as in this case) are helpful to take good pictures from a distance.
In some scenes the photographer has no second chance: The shot is either successful, or the moment is past. So it was in this scene, where the wedding cake (an icebomb) was presented to the newly-weds with ignited sparklers. The camera focus and the people’s focus both are on the fireworks. The warm overall color temperature and the bright white sparks nicely represent the atmosphere of this moment.
The location of this shot is the Hotel Zum Weissen Stein in Kirchen, Germany.