Sony A7III | Sony 24mm GM 1.4
ISO 1600 | f2.8 | 1/200Own Preset
It’s quite rare that I’m purely a guest at a wedding and so when our very own Lisa Jane and Lee Allen got married last week, I was super thrilled to be invited. Their guests were probably the coolest collection of people that I’ve ever seen in one place and their wedding was perfectly them. There was a whole lotta love in the room and my personal highlight has to be when Lee phoned his Nan as part of his speech. I know if I was the photographer it would have been one of those weddings that I wished I was a guest at. So who was the photographer? Who would two Farmer Mentors choose to shoot their own wedding? They went with their great friend and fellow Farmer Mentor, the very brilliant Matt Parry.
Confession time… I went to the wedding wanting to observe Matt work. I am a huge fan of his images and it’s not very often that I have a chance to see one of my peers in action. However I have to say that I didn’t see too much of what he got up to. Not because he wasn’t working, he bust his ass and not because he worked on the outside of the wedding, he was right at the heart of it. But Matt managed to totally capture the essence of the wedding without interrupting it or orchestrating moments. Lisa and Lee were fully present in their wedding, there wasn’t a feeling that they were ‘taken away’ for photos at any point and yet all the important images were achieved. I’m in awe at both how well they planned their wedding and how well Matt recorded it.
So let’s briefly talk about why I chose this portrait for Image of the Week. It’s not often that I know the subjects in these shots and so I know that this perfectly reflects their personalities and the vibe of their wedding. It’s deceptively simple and yet incredibly clever and if you read Matt’s word’s below you will see that he has very kindly shared his source of inspiration. This is what Farmers Image of The Week is all about for me, getting an insight into the process behind pictures. Both Lee and Matt are teaching at October’s Farmers Market. They have individual classes plus a combined one on Shooting Dancefloors. I know plenty of photographers struggle to capture the party and if that’s you, then book your place now.
Read Matt’s take on this shot below …
What Matt says ...
“When 2 of your best photography buddies get married in an industrial space in East London..well how could I not have a great day? OK there is the possible increased pressure BUT Lee + Lisa are quite literally my perfect couple and from the moment we “signed the deal” over a few too many beers in Kings Cross last year they have totally trusted me and done anything but add any pressure onto the situation…….like I said PERFECT COUPLE!!!!