Every wedding photographer has one special image that has defined their careers and Lisa set out to ask a selection of those who have most influenced her to nominate their stand out shots for her monthly column in Professional Photo Magazine.


This shot from multi-award winning reportage photographers and videographers York Place Studios is a particularly fitting one to end the Game Changers series on. We’ve spoken at length about how moving beyond wedding photography for your scope of influence is paramount to finding your own voice. This shot is when family collective York Place Studios felt that their street photography and wedding photography ceased to be different, and that the former could – and should – inform the later.

It is an especially prevalent lesson to learn right now when it’s such a Buyers Market out there. If you take one thing from this series, in the words of Baz Luhrmann, I hope this will be it.

Let’s see what York Place Studios had to say about this shot below.

What York Place said…

“No one single photo for us was a game changer as such; it is a culmination of many ideas over a long period of time that led us to develop our style and ideas about the way we shoot. But if there’s one photograph that perhaps helped to clarify and reconcile those ideas it would have to be the “Cradle To The Grave” image.

This was a photograph that felt like it had been under our noses the whole time. We must have seen scenes just like this a thousand times at wedding before but until we took this shot we simply hadn’t had the visual vocabulary to understand the power or chemistry of the image.

It was perhaps the first great demonstration to ourselves that the images we were seeing and creating on the street were happening at weddings too; that the same visual concepts could be applied to both. In effect it marked the point where we rejected genre constructs completely and stopped distinguishing between wedding photography and street photography; both became one and the same.