“You just have to live and life will give you pictures” – Henri Cartier-Bresson
STREET & WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS BY DOM & LIAM SHAW
For the last 12 or more years we’ve travelled the world with our cameras looking for visual stories; significant memories in the lives of others. We’ve seen moments that changed history in the biggest and smallest of ways, we’ve seen cultures come together, optimism in hardship, beauty and laughter in friendship and borne witness time and again to the most important moments in two people’s lives.
But through all that we’ve come to realise that the most powerful memories don’t necessarily come directly from a giant event in someone’s life, they come from the people who are there with you in that moment. They come from the friends who laugh with you, the communities that surround you, the slightest of touches and the smallest of interactions.
Memories are more than a mere recording of an event, they’re a feeling, an understanding of a moment. For us as photographers that’s exactly what we want to capture in the stories that we find just about everywhere we look.
THE YORK PLACE APPROACH TO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS
Our approach to taking wedding photographs is really no different than our approach to street photography. Whether photographing a wedding in Yorkshire or a street scene in Tokyo our work is first and foremost about people. We want to create wedding photographs that don’t just capture what happened but how everyone reacted. In every photograph we take we want to feel the atmosphere, remember the moment and know at a glance the personalities of everyone in the frame.
To capture the type of wedding photographs we love we never stop searching for moments between people. Through our street photography style, blending in with the guests we find those real, raw and beautiful moments consistently throughout every single part of a wedding day. Using small, discrete cameras and never directing the action we make powerful imagery from tiny moments as well as the big ones. Every wedding we photograph is as unique as the people we meet there and for us that uniqueness and spontaneity is the essence what we want our wedding photographs to portray.
You can read more about the way we capture wedding photographs here: