Just One – from Heather & Adam’s Wedding in June 2009 at Peckforton Castle, Cheshire

Continuing my ‘Just One’ series where I take just one picture (!) from every wedding I’ve photographed, since I started photographing weddings professionally way back in 2000, and talk a little bit about it. So here’s ‘just one’ from Heather & Adam’s wedding which took place at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire way back in June 2009. It was towards the tail end of the day so I decided to max out the drama for my final shots, given that we were exploring the candle lit depths of the castle dungeons! ‘Why not?’ a phrase which I ask myself a lot as ideas zip in and out of my head. I firmly believe that if the bride & groom show that they are up for most things, don’t hesitate, just do it. Pounce! Or you’ll be kicking yourself afterwards in the car going home. And this was one of those times. And the result is a pretty unique bridal portrait that’s just WOW. I daresay none of Heather’s friends will have anything quite like this in their wedding album 🙂 I love the drama, the feel, the glamour, the lighting. And most of all I love the fact that we just went for it! #yolo #justdoit

There’s something else worth a mention too. I personally think that, when it comes to wedding photography, there’s a place for these dramatic show-stopping ‘glamour’ shots (which are obviously directed by the photographer) just as much as I think there’s a place for discreet, photo-documnetary type shots which quietly capture the action from afar. I think any good wedding photographer worth his salt should be able to do both styles to an excellent level. To say they only off one style is in my opinion a total cop out. I find myself swtiching from one style to the other virtually contantly throughout the course of any wedding day. It’s whatever the situation demands to get the best shot possible.

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