Creating An Establishing Shot In Wedding Photography – Image of the Week #416

One of my favourite pieces of content that we’ve created at Photography Farm is the Photo Prompt Randomiser. I often dip into it on the morning of a wedding to get a challenge for the day. The last one I got was Take An Establishing Shot.

These are used in cinema to give context and give the viewer visual clues as to the surroundings and location of a scene. They require you to step back and shoot wide to take in the view, something that can easily be overlooked when you are rushing around at a wedding.

So I was drawn to this photo from the wonderful In Between Days. It very much establishes the scene for this wedding, giving us a strong sense of the formality of the occasion from that impressive building.

The couple are small in the frame so it suggests a sense that the building is the dominant element. This is a serious business, an official and important occasion with formality. And yet the grooms are sat in a casual, intimate way so that we feel their connection, even from this distance.

Laura and Alex have produced a fantastic Establishing Shot, telling us that this is a grand occasion but that the focus is love.

Nikon D780 | Nikon 28mm | f/2.8 | 1/8000| ISO 400

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What Laura and Alex Said…

“Luke and Ollie never liked the idea of getting ready separately on their wedding day, so after capturing some prep at the Dakota in Leeds we decided to get their couples shots done before the ceremony, that way, it was quieter in the city and they had more time later on to party with their nearest and dearest.

This was image taken outside Leeds Town Hall, after snapping the couple around the pillars above, the boys decided to take a minute at the bottom of the steps. They were deep in discussion, so myself and Alex fell back and caught them as they were. There wasn’t another soul around, a moment of quiet together before the wonderful chaos of the day ahead.

With shooting on a 28mm sometimes the image can be distorted slightly, but I am pretty obsessed with symmetry and straight lines, so when I edit images like this, the transform tool is my best friend.”