It’s been a little while since my last ‘What it means to me’ post; a series where I’ll take a little look at one photograph and explain some of the story behind it…and as the title suggests what exactly the picture means to me. In the interest of ‘rebooting’ this blog series I’m planning on not only showing images of mine that you may not have seen before but also some of the photographs that currently exist (or have existed in the past) on my portfolio.
Today’s memory comes from a truly amazing wedding at Sezincote House in the Summer of 2017 and at the time of writing this post currently features on my 100 Shots portfolio.
Waiting for the Ceremony | Sezincote House
This photograph is a particularly special one for me. Sezincote House is a jaw-dropping venue in the Cotswolds, with some of the most incredible grounds I’ve seen at a wedding alongside genuinely palatial rooms inside the main building. I had been photographing the groom and his ushers getting ready at a different location on-site and then moved over to the main building to capture Emily (the bride) in bridal preparation.
There generally comes a point in bridal preparation where I step out of the room while the bride puts her dress on. I’ll often then return to capture the back of it being buttoned up. For Emily’s wedding I had returned once she was comfortable and ready for more photographs and happened to catch a glimpse of her looking out the window, down towards the ceremony. Something about this shot really resonated with me as it struck me how incredible the surroundings are in this photograph, but how still and focused the bride looks. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this was posed, but this is a completely candid moment.
It’s a photograph that makes me wonder what she was thinking about in this moment of solitude before heading downstairs to meet her groom. I love to capture photographs like this – images that make me think and perhaps tell part of a story, but leave some for you to create yourself.
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro 2
Lens: 23mm f/1.4
Shutter Speed: 1/420sec