Canon 6D | Sigma 35mm 1.4 | ISO 200 | f/1.4 | 1/60

My own preset designed for me by Amy-Leigh Atkins of Northern Presets Co.

Do you know how I find most of these winning images? By looking at the hashtag #photographyfarmer on Instagram. It’s my first port of call and I’m seeking something that stands out. That’s exactly what this shot by the talented Amy Faith did. The tiny square of an Insta Post on a phone screen is not much space to make an impact in but this shot utterly packs a punch. I love how Amy has used the technique of free lensing to enhance the emotion of the image and that B+W processing also powers it up. It could be a fashion or commercial photograph and I’ll bet the couple involved completely adore this. I hope they’ve had it printed up.

Read Amy’s Story Behind the Shot below…

What Amy says ...

“One of the things I pride myself on most when it comes to portraiture during a wedding day is offering my couples something that they can say “ah yes, that’s SO us” but also “OMG wow, is that really US!?” about. One of the ways I do this is by building up a rapport with them in the run up to the big day as well as using my experience as a music and fashion photographer to create something epic. I enjoy learning new techniques that are applicable in-camera rather than as a post-wedding composite or edit. For this image I used a free-lensing technique. This was teamed with lots of verbal encouragement to the couple as I fiddled about with my lens and camera in close proximity to their faces. When I leave a wedding with shots like this and the memory of the couple seeming totally at ease as I shot them, I get the wonderfully rare opportunity to KNOW I’ve done a good job. As I’m sure we can all attest to, imposter syndrome strikes hard and fast, especially when you are attempting new techniques that don’t appear to be “normal” photography to non-photographers. And if your couple show any sign of distrust as you attempt your experimental photography, the ensuing doubt in your abilities can easily eat away at your job satisfaction. This proves to me that it is just as important to find the right client for you as it is for your clients to find the right photographer for them.