Time for a new contact sheet today and I thought I'd discuss something which I'm keen to add to my imagery as much as possible - layering! Why do I love layering so much? I guess it's down to storytelling - why just tell one singular story, when you have an opportunity to add multiple ones to a single image. I've chosen this moment from Carly + Gary’s Yorebridge House wedding in the Yorkshire Dales because unlike the last contact sheet, where I spent up to 5 minutes perfecting the shot, this one only took 11 seconds!
One of my aims on a wedding day is to make images visually interesting, so that people looking at the gallery are continually taken on a visual journey, which helps to keeps them engaged. One of my techniques is to frame people in certain ways, to help isolate a moment that's happening, and (to take it to the next level) I look to see if I can incorporate something else to help build a layer. In this instance I was inside capturing the table details, when I noticed Carly chatting to one of the guests directly in front of the window. I immediately began looking to frame her and the people behind her between the window pane, setting the aperture to f16 to make sure the whole scene was in focus. You can see in Frames 1, 2 + 3 that framing Carly and the other guests in either of the window panes wasn’t working, so I moved to my right, and it was at this point that I noticed another set of guests standing there, which I realised would make another excellent layer! So for Frame 5 I quickly moved slightly to my right to ensure they were fully in the frame, and Carly's big laugh sealed the moment. All these decisions happened in split-seconds, and without quick movements, and continuously shooting, the moment would've been lost. Would I still have delivered the image had Carly not laughed? Absolutely! But it definitely wouldn't have made my Best of 2017.
Hope you enjoyed this, and would love to hear any feedback you might have :)