We see the world in colour and there are images that deserve to show the beauty of that. As much as I like monochrome for certain moments, colour images will do the honour of documenting the beauty of your flowers, your details, the sunset and warmth… I am sure you have noticed many photographers edit their colour images differently, and as editing trends come and pass, I like to keep your images in colours that will withstand the test of time.
As stunning as vibrant colours may be, it is not easy to ensure that what I edited is seen exactly the same way by yourselves and everyone you may share the gallery with, because all of us have different settings on our phones, our tablets, and our laptop screens! For example, I use an eye-friendly warm light setting on my phone which makes everything on my phone have a slight warm tone but at the same time makes it less straining for my eyes, but one thing I know for sure is that when you do go to print these colourful images, they will come back as they are intended to be - that’s how we, photographers, make sure that whatever screen you may use to look at them, at least when you print them, they will look how they were supposed to!
Looking at the sunset image below, it wouldn’t have the same summer feeling if it was in black and white, and equally, the sparklers may look beautiful in black-and-white when lights go down, but during day time to preserve that very subtle warm colour the sparklers give, I decided to leave the image in colour to bring that out as much as possible. Summer weddings in particular lend themselves to vibrant colours as do those lovely sunset evenings! Take a look at the last image - the deflated balloons and the last remaining sun light peeking through the forest all just add to it, and is a nice way to finish the gallery with!
When images are edited in monochrome (namely, in black-and-white, or with a slight tone on top of black-and-white), our attention is taken away from distracting features and colours, and is instead directed at something in particular. It could be:
Emotions and expressions (bringing out those big smiles and laughter, and tears)
Intimate moments (such as, a soft touch of hands)
More effective story-telling (for example, the wider scene of wedding party where your eye doesn’t go towards who’s wearing the brightest outfit, it allows you to really look through the image)
Emphasise the beauty of something in particular, such as, a ring
A strong character (for example, the handsome horse coachman who has dressed the part)
Movement, blur, imperfections.. all of it adds to the beauty of the image
Really, monochrome for me is about truly showing you how I see your wedding and the mood it creates, from joyous and exciting, to somber and thoughtful, it could be playful, it could be serene, and it could also be intimate. For me, it’s the monochrome prints that really stand the test of time - they remain classy, elegant, and full of feelings.
Take a look at the images below, each one of them was meant to be monochrome and they all have a unique backstory but contribute to the full story of a wedding day. If you want to see more, take a look at my PORTFOLIO!
You may think that I don’t photograph wedding day details as part of my documentary approach, but all the little things that you have spent time and effort on actually are just as important to me! I may not spend hours on creating styled shots because I will be missing out on the one-of-a-kind moments, but I love photographing your carefully chosen details as part of your wedding. You deserve to remember your beautiful flowers, decor, and details! Let’s not forget that you may have chosen handmade items, too, and they deserve to be documented and loved. I often photograph them as a part of a wider scene, for example, if someone is preparing and decorating your wedding breakfast table, if someone is carefully picking up and holding flowers, rings, and name cards… end of the day, it’s a part of your wedding and it matters to me to make sure they aren’t forgotten about in years to come!
Think of these details as small pieces of puzzle - there may be only a few images but they all add context to your wedding day story! A local tourism and travel book on the sideboard at a hotel room from a destination wedding, a “love” sign left on a table from a wedding cake that has been handed to all the guests, rings on brides beautifully sourced flowers, handmade food menu held by bride’s beloved grandma, a wedding dress hung up and gently touched… it doesn’t all have to be isolated and stationary, all these details can still form a naturally flowing wedding day story!
About sequential shots…
There are many photographs, if not most, that work perfectly on their own as well as a part of the bigger wedding story. However, there are times when something exciting is happening and a single shot wouldn’t do the story justice! Naturally, we’re used to seeing images on their own, for example, when picking up a print or viewing a framed photo, and even on social media where we tend to post a single image, be it a post or a change of your profile photo! As a documentary photographer, I tend to shoot a lot when I am anticipating something to happen because once a moment occurs, it’s over in a matter of seconds! I love being able to show you a sequence of going from anticipation to the actual event, because it almost feels like viewing a movie clip. Take a look at the sequence below - from going for that one risky Jenga block to the whole thing come crashing down…it’s such a great fun sequence to capture!