Venue: The Landmark London
Everything about Shira and Michael's spectacular Jewish wedding at The Landmark London was perfection. It was a truly momentous occasion to document alongside my associate photographer Andy Rapkins.
Lighting, as expected, was low and varied, beautiful but tough. Every room offered a very slightly different level of ambience and the very nature of our work is discretion and accuracy, so we don't ever use flash to either light dark areas or simply balance colours when not entirely necessary.
This was also the first time I got to see the fairly new Canon 5D Mark 3 in action and there are some five figure ISO images that have made it into the final cut. Very impressive. We always aim to document environments as they are, it's what ensures we create an honest reflection of the day - no gimmicks, no tacky post production to iron out the creases. Therefore the camera equipment needs to be capable of working in varied and challenging conditions, this means that our style and approach always remain the same. Needless to say I sold my aging Nikon gear and went completely Canon just days after the commission, it's something I'll be blogging about in detail shortly (for the photographers and techy brides that follow this blog) so keep posted!
Every now and then you document a wedding where something really stands out, this time it was the band, and what a band. They made the wedding reception. It was quite an interactive approach and really commanded attention, they're a really talented bunch of performers and together with their lighting and production made the later stages of the day pretty spectacular.