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Why I love this image…

It’s time for part 7 in my series of blog posts where I share my favourite image from each wedding I photograph during this year. This week’s image is brought to you from the Saddleworth Hotel in Saddleworth, Oldham from the wedding of Kelly & Michael.

The Saddleworth hotel is, without question, one of the finest wedding venues in the north west of England. A good friend of mine was married at this venue way back in 2002, but the place is almost unrecognisable having undergone a significant refurbishment over the last few years.

This photograph was taken only a couple of minutes after Kelly & Michael were married, the bride & groom were seated ready to sign the register when I noticed their daughter rush over and hug Michael. At first I wasn’t too sure if I was in the best position to capture this moment, usually I would prefer to be in a position where I could see the entire face of the little girl. But realising that if I moved to get a “better” view, there was a chance the moment could pass, so I decided to grab the shot from where I was stood.

All a child needs is to be loved and feel safe, and this is what this moment screams out to me. This little girl is clearly loved, but she also feels safe. Her smile and body language say everything, this is one happy and contented little girl.

Whilst I was editing the image to black and white, I took the time to really scrutinise the scene. I don’t think it matters that you can only see half of the girl’s face, in fact, I think this strengthens the image and adds a little mystery. I’m very happy with it. 🙂

Thank you to everyone who continues to love and support me,

Peace is free

Steve x

Image is © Steve Grogan Photography.


  • Janice Rowlands says:

    Thank you for choosing this image Steve. What you don’t know is that Michael is actually Tegan’s step father….. Which makes this photo all the more precious and poignant. For a child to feel so at ease, so relaxed, trusting and loved and for a moment to be captured in this way is amazing. My new son in law has brought so much to my granddaughters life and I feel blessed that a special family unit has been formed. Loving the shot – it speaks a million words.

    • Steve Grogan says:

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, Janice, I honestly had no idea. As a father myself I know when I see a happy and contended child, and that is why this particular moment made me smile. I’m very fortunate to be able to photograph intimate moments of people’s lives, it is always a humbling experience and a pleasure to see so much happiness. 🙂