“Guys… INCREDIBLE!!!! Those sunset shots in particular are just spectacular, and the band looks amazing, and the getting ready shots are fabulous and we could go on and on!!! We’re now off to re-watch this another ten times! … WOW.” – Helena & Chris
We’ve spoken before about our passion for capturing not just people but personality in our images – trying to photograph the subject in such a way as to tell us something about them as a person. For us though it’s not just the individual characters that are important on a wedding day, it’s the collective personality of a group of friends or family that is the greatest challenge to portray.
One of our favourite things about a wedding is seeing groups of people come together and observing the way they change in each other’s company. When a family group or even a group of old uni friends get together for example there’s a different atmosphere to meeting those same people individually – it’s no longer necessarily just about remembering those people as individuals, it’s about those memories of ‘the gang’ and what you all got up to that become the more significant and therefore more photographically relevant. On the other hand sometimes it’s multiple smaller groupings each doing their own thing or perhaps connected through a series of reactions that together combine to create an overall feel to the day. This idea of a collective personality has long fascinated us and led us to expand our viewpoint on a wedding day and fill the frame with multiple actions, reactions and interactions rather than focussing on just what’s immediately in front of us. A formal group shot features everyone you want to see but tells you nothing about them as people; a natural grouping provides a depth of character that could never be artificially posed and reveals so much more about the way it felt to be there.
Helena & Chris’s wedding had such a fun, relaxed vibe that the vibrant mix of personalities and friendships (and especially the VERY excited kids!) provided so many great collective moments throughout the day, not least as Chris’s amazing Reggae band ‘The Reggaelator’s’ rocked the house into the early hours until everyone was ready to grab a sleeping bag and hit their tents! Thanks to our awesome couple and their friends and family for inviting us in whole-heartedly to such an incredible day.
Dom and Liam
Kingsthorpe Lodge Barn Wedding Photography by York Place Studios. Dominique Shaw and Liam Shaw are the creative partnership behind York Place Studios and strive to create emotional, storytelling photography that captures the real moments of your wedding day. Based near York and Leeds, the destination wedding photographers travel across their home county of Yorkshire, the UK, Europe and worldwide to capture your special moments.
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