We don't get too many actual ceremony shots as winners for Image of the Week. The reasons for this is probably that photographers have very little control over shooting ceremonies most of the time. Usually you are very restricted in movement and it would be very much frowned upon if you tried to direct a couple. And this is of course, perfectly fine. It is the most important part of the day and it's our role to record it as best as we can. Very few photographers see it as creative moment. So this is why I was super intrigued by this shot from the lovely Duo Emma and Rich. It might look like a simple silhouette but achieving this in someone's wedding ceremony is incredible impressive. It reminds me of the silhouette portraits that were used before photography, so I asked the talented pair to tell me about the story behind this photo.
"It was very much a spur of the moment decision to shoot the silhouette. We were just at the part of the ceremony where the registrar had told Kirsty and James to face each other as they said their vows and I (Rich) was in my usual spot at the back of the aisle whilst Emma was up front. I'd got a few shots where I'd exposed for their faces as normal but they were stood in front of a big window which always tempts me for the silhouette. That's why my settings are a little "unconventional", the shutter speed dial was the easiest to manipulate in order to bring the exposure down and then put back to normal. I have a little motto, "Get the safe shot then play." and this is a pretty good example of that. I had a few shots of them facing each other and smiling so it was time to find something a little bit different.
When it comes to the edit, we love a nice crisp black and white with a good glug of contrast. It's taken us a while to get to where we want with our look but we're happy now.
Rich wasn't sure about this one as there was a lot going on in the original shot, a bit of registrar head and the edge of a curtain. Emma could see its potential and with a clever crop and the black and white edit, Rich was convinced."