Friday Photo: Be Ready

I’ve called this blog Be Ready, but that’s really only because calling it Just Because Some Random Guy With a Stack of Chairs Walks into Your Frame Doesn’t Mean He’s in Your Way was a bit too long for SEO purposes.  For me wedding photography can often be a bit too careful.  There’s a tendency to play it safe and take the expected photo.  The one that you’ve pre-imagined looking great in the centre of their wedding album.  The problem with this is it leads to tidying things up and censoring real moments because they don’t fit that idea of the classic image you’re picturing your clients swooning over.  And that’s okay.  It’s totally understandable.  Wedding photography is a pretty intense undertaking, and there’s the constant nagging hope that what you’re taking is going to please your clients.  But I think that’s a shame.  Because if you’re not careful going for that safe client pleasing image is going to quash your spontaneity and suck the life out of an image.  That’s why I titled this blog Be Ready.  Because was I expecting a guy with a curved stack of chairs to walk into the frame?  No.  Was I going for the standard, and let’s face it, fairly dull, shot of the bride descending a sweeping staircase?  Yes.  But when the guy did walk into frame I didn’t tut and lower my camera and think, ‘Cheers fella, you’ve just ruined my shot.’  I saw that the curve of his chairs mimicked the curve of the bannister, and that suddenly here was real life interrupting a standard shot, adding an unexpected graphic dimension to the image, and being kind of quietly funny in an Elliot Erwitt kind of way.  It was perfect.  Real life accidentally wandering into shot is what makes this picture sing for me.

And no, I didn’t ask the bride to walk down the staircase again, just in case.  Why would I?  This was the shot..

friday photo curves

Technical details for the photography wonks:

Camera: Canon 5D MKIII

Lens: Canon 24mm 1.4

Aperture: f2.8

Shutter speed: 1/125

ISO: 3200


  1. Nicola Arber

    Flippin’ ‘eck, Nick. This is just wonderful.


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