I don’t know about you, but I’ve shot plenty of smaller weddings in the last couple of years. Even before the pandemic, I was shooting elopements and tiny weddings. I’ve always loved doing them, what’s different now is there is a name for them – micro weddings.

I still shoot the bigger weddings with 8+ hours coverage too but I love mixing it up. Now here’s a funny thing that I’ve noticed. When I shoot 10 hours at a wedding, I might only get 10 minutes for the portrait session. But when I do 2 hours, my couples will often devote an hour or more to portraits. Funny isn’t it?

My theory is that on those big wedding days the couple might feel like they are missing out on their party when they are out with you shooting. Plus I feel guilty for dragging them away. So wedding photographers get really good at shooting really fast or we also look for other little opportunities in the timeline for portraits. Later in the day, everyone is more relaxed and settled into the experience so you often get better images and better light anyway.

This bride and groom portrait from Maya Tsolo is a beautiful example of this. She has recognised that it is a lovely experience for a couple to see their reception room before it fills up with people. Then she has let them move through the space into some good light. This reminds me of one of my favourite wedding photographer quotes from the ever brilliant Nessa K. “Find good light and put people in it.”

In this case the people happen to match the colour way of their surroundings perfectly and the result is a very pleasing image that feels like an incredible representation of this wedding day.

Canon EOS R5 | Canon 35mm/1.4L II | f/2.2 | 1/1000| ISO 1000

Tribe Archipelago LXC, tweaked

What Maja Said…

“The couple held their wedding reception at Dipna restaurant at Somerset House, which has beautiful interior and large windows on the side. The colours of the interior matched the couple’s colourful outfits really well and the light in the restaurant was beautiful. While the guests were having drinks on the terrace outside, the couple went inside the restaurant to have a few moments on their own and have a little look around. As they walked through, I simply asked them to briefly pause on that spot and face the window, which resulted in this image.

I always try to maximise these type of moments on the wedding day that don’t require a lot of effort or time commitment from the couple but can result in some beautiful portraits. This way I can keep the dedicated couple portrait session on the day quite short, so the couple doesn’t have to stay away from their guests and the party for too long.”