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Why I love this image…

It’s time for part 2 in a new series of blog posts where I’ll be telling the story behind some of my favourite images from each wedding I photograph this year. As a documentary wedding photographer, as well as the traditional key moments of a wedding day, my job is to look out for the other moments that help to build up a story of the day.

Hayley & Dan were married at the historic Manchester Town Hall early last month; it was the first of 42 weddings I’ve been commissioned to photograph this year and following a short break after Christmas, I was bursting to get back to doing what I love.

This particular image was taken just before the wedding breakfast at the Midland Hotel where Hayley & Dan held their reception. I was scanning the room photographing interactions between the guests when I noticed Hayley crouched down chatting to her Grandmother. As I work predominantly in a photo-journalistic style, I kept my distance and captured this off-guard moment. I love the fact that they are not looking towards me, I think this adds an element of mystery to the image as I have no idea what they were laughing at. I love the adoring glance from the lady in the background, I love the vibrant mix of colours from the purple dress, the strawberry in the bride’s Champagne, the green wall panels in the background. But most of all I love the natural beaming smiles.

Part 3 will be on the blog very soon, until then I thank you all for your continued support. It means a lot to me. If you’re looking for a documentary style wedding photographer, or you know someone who is, please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.

Peace is free

Steve x

Image is © Steve Grogan Photography.