Door 4: Handshake
A split second. That’s all I had for this picture. I’ll be honest, I got lucky – I wasn’t going to miss the handshake but the wink was just a stroke of very fortunate timing. Of course, what I really mean by that is that it was totally planned all along….*ahem*
Today we have an image from the start of a wedding ceremony, which was photographed about one month ago. I was over at the lovely Dumbleton Hall in Evesham for this one, and thoroughly enjoyed the day. There was a lovely atmosphere throughout the whole of the wedding and some very fun moments (including a pretty active first dance that was a surprise to everyone).
At the start of the wedding ceremony it’s tradition for the father of the bride to give her away. This is often a little bit of a tricky moment – I know it’s coming, and I know what happens the majority of the time. Normally, he’ll kiss the bride and the shake the groom’s hand. Sometimes he’ll kiss the bride then hug her then sit down straight away. Sometimes he’ll just shake the grooms hand. Sometimes he’ll just go and sit down.
…and so we see why working as a wedding photographer is based on a lot of anticipation, reaction and quick-thinking. This is a picture that I’m particularly pleased with; it can be hard enough to catch a handshake that lasts 2 seconds let alone a wink that lasts 1/3 of a second.