This is my favourite image, if pushed , from last year's weddings. I love it on so many different levels and it epitomises the type of fly on the wall image I enjoy when looking at wedding pictures. The wedding was at the lovely Ardington House on a warm Sunny July day.
The bride had spent the morning getting ready with the help of friends and family and I had been taking images of the dress, flowers, jewellery and shoes. It was time for her to try on her dress so I stood in my pre arranged position and waited.
Bridal preparation is a special and private part of the day so I am always conscious not to intrude or to set things up and affect what would have happened had I not been there.
In this image I wanted the bride to remain anonymous and for the reactions of her family around her to tell the story as she looked at herself for the first time as a fully dressed bride to be. I also wanted to be as unobtrusive as possible for this moment so I had my back turned to the action and shot through the reflection of an old ornate mirror. It was also important for me to capture the atmosphere of the room so I used a wide lens.
Generally I am not a fan of tilting the lens when shooting. For this image I needed to do so in order to fit all of the family into the image and to get me out of it !
I like the emotion in the image and in particular the look and stance of pride from the bride's sister on the left hand side. I also like the smile on the young bridesmaids face as she stands between the two doors. The mirror was old and pitted but really 'reflected' the ambience of the house that day. I could have removed many of these marks and brightened up the whole image in photoshop but I try as much as possible to shoot what I see and recreate the atmosphere rather than fake it up in post production.