Capturing the perfect photograph takes a keen eye, years of experience and a little creative flair. Wedding photographer extraordinaire Mark Palmer from All About Capture talks us through some of his most favourite pictures he’s ever taken. Over to you Mark…
The nervous groom
I’ve chosen this shot for the way the groom Adrian is trying not to look nervous, with his two best men looking on. It encapsulates all the pre-wedding nerves and emotions perfectly. It also conveys to me the importance of friendship and how essential it is to have your friends and family around you on the big day.
Getting journalistic shots like this is a really important part of the wedding day, especially as the bride won’t have seen this moment.
Capturing natural images of children can be a challenge. Children get bored and fidgety, especially if they have to stand too formally and for too long. Therefore I always try to make it fun by giving them something to do in order to capture them at their mischievous best!
A tentative walk
I love the lighting in this image on the bridesmaid and pageboy, and the tentative look he is giving to his family.
I got down low for this shot in order to emphasise the small children in a grand venue. Getting down low and using the line of the pews really helps give focus to the subject. Changing the angle or perspective of a shot can have maximum impact. And, of course, this also captures a moment that the bride and groom wouldn’t have seen.
A circle of friendship
I have received a lot of compliments from couples for this dramatic group photograph. While I was setting this shot up the venue owner called down to her team to tell them about what was happening. She then told me I was the first photographer to use the space in that way. Even though everyone is gathered in a organised circle, the photograph still has vibrancy and personality as I encourage the guests to cheer or wave at the camera. Sarah, Ben and their guests were fantastic to work with.
There is something mildly gothic about this image with the architecture and brooding sky. I like the angle of this photograph and the intensity of feeling between the bride and groom. It’s very important for me to make the couple feel relaxed and at ease, comfortable with me as their photographer, safe in the knowledge that I will take the style of photographs that they will love.
I love using mirrors in my work, especially of the bride during pre-wedding preparations. The bride Kelly looks beautiful in this shot and it shows the importance of capturing the small details of the day. Especially when so much time and effort has gone into choosing hairstyle, jewellery, table decorations and so on, it’s important that these aren’t left out of the story of the day.
Full of romance
This is one of my favourite romantic photographs of the last year. The framing of the couple between the pillars and in front of that beautiful sky is really striking. I also love the reflection in the fountain water. It’s important to utilise the outside space of a venue as much as possible. This was made easy for me at this wedding because of the beautiful surroundings at Hestercombe Gardens.
I really love taking photographs of couples from another perspective, in this case through the water of the fountain. It gives a posed photograph the impression that a natural, intimate moment has been caught on camera. Katrina and Matthew look really relaxed and in love in this photo and the black and white really works in this striking photograph.
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