Door 13: Lippy
Smokey Joe’s is a 50’s diner in Cheltenham. It’s an unusual venue for a wedding reception, but one of my favourites from the past year. It’s packed with amazing detail from the 50’s, which all adds to the character…and you know what? When a place has character, so does the wedding.
This particular wedding party was so much fun; the guests were having a riot while a 50’s band played classic Rock n’ Roll, I probably could have stayed there taking pictures for the rest of the night. There were almost too many great moments to photograph, and this happens to be one of my favourites from the evening.
The fantastic thing about shooting Fujifilm cameras is that they’re small, light and easy to hold in one hand. This means that for the majority of ‘dark’ situations I shoot with the camera in my right hand and the flash in my left. This was one of those occasions. What I also tend to do is shoot from the hip – this is a technique whereby you photograph with the camera away from your eye, so you’re not looking through the viewfinder or at the screen when you’re photographing. You get a bit of an eye for what your camera can see when you’re shooting like this.
For this picture, I noticed that these lolly-pops had appeared from somewhere. I lowered the camera to the boy’s height and noticed the man in the background at the same time, so did my best to hit them both with the flash while the rest of the background fades to a neon blur.