Photo Story: A Bright Future
I love this photo from Jo and Paul’s wedding in Denver a few years ago. It may be a bit egotistical but this photos is one of the moments when years of having to be quick on my feet (and my exposure) as a photojournalist payed off.
It was a dark ceremony lit only by candles, I was at the limits of what was possible, for my camera at the time, to shoot at. High ISO and a slow shutter speed, a tough place to be if you don’t have a steady hand and steadier mind. It was going to be a quick ceremony and I only had a few minutes to shoot as much as possible in the low light.
Shooting the ceremony went of without a hitch and it was fun if not stressful to shoot in such dramatic/dim light. As I followed Jo and Paul out of the ceremony I saw the door they were heading for had bright light pouring under it. I knew the moment they opened the door, light would pour into the room and drastically change the exposure and the mood. I had just a couple seconds to radically adjust my exposure for the photo that was going to happen.
I changed my exposure about 10 stops in a couple seconds, the door opened and suddenly I had a metaphor for a “bright future“.
OK, maybe I’m being a little corny, but I do feel that way. That the photos we capture at Stark Bellamy Photography tell a story of the wedding day and maybe a preview of your life to come. Give us a call if you would like to talk to us about photographing the second best day of your life (the first is when your children are born).