What do you do if the venue is a bit meh and the weather is not playing ball? Do you just do your best and never post the images on your social media or do you take the opportunity to get creative? Sometimes when it's all handed to you on a plate, it can feel way too easy. But show me a photographer that takes a step back and sees that when all the obvious assets are stripped away, then actually that's the best time to show us what you are made of. Did you come to FarmShop earlier this year and do the Blank Page exercise with me? Then this is one of those moments, right? Ross Alexander thought he'd be outside on a beach for most of the photography on this recent wedding day but was forced to come up with alternative ideas using the hotel interior. I have so much admiration for this image and Ross's ability to see that what we might at first perceive as misfortune, can actually be a great opportunity for the creative mind. Hear the story behind the shot down below ...
"This was taken just yesterday at the wedding of Katie and Stephen at Seamill Hydro. The hotel has recently undergone a hefty refurbishment and is a very traditional clean and shiny wedding venue. The couple wanted a non traditional wedding and booked it with the hope they would spend most of the day outside on the beach with their sunglasses on surrounded by all their guests. However, Scotland had other ideas and the heavens opened for the entire day leaving us limited to the interior of the hotel.
As soon as I arrived at the hotel and entered the Ceremony room, I was greeted with an entire wall of windows looking out over to the Isle of Arran although, with the terrible weather, you couldn't see it. I noticed the raised ceiling with rim lighting leading down each side of the room. I took a test shot and underexposed. The result reminded me of something out of the movie Tron, I knew then I would be using it at some point but I initially thought it would be for a Groom portrait.
After the traditional family shots were out the way, I knew I had to start getting creative and recently I've been trying to spend a bit more time with the bridal party. This was the first shot I tried with them. It's easy to silhouette a couple against a window but I decided to add in the bridal party, make sure there was a clean outline around each person then include the ceiling to add a bit of colour and interest to the scene.
I love the way it turned out and really showed me that when you are in a tough situation, you can dive into those creative parts of your brain that us wedding photographers often struggle to find when we're under pressure on a wedding day."