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Why I love this image…

It’s time for part 3 in a series of blog posts where I’ll be telling the story behind some of my favourite photographs from each wedding I capture during 2016. Obviously, the couple getting married are my main focus during a wedding ceremony but I always make time to see what the guests are up to as there can be some wonderful moments.

This particular wedding took me to Merseyside with the ceremony at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Rainhill, just a short drive from Liverpool city centre. The church itself is absolutely stunning and I recommend a visit if you’re in the area; I love my history so I’m always interested in learning more about the buildings I come across in my role as a documentary wedding photographer.

The photograph was taken as the guests were entering the church and making their way to their seats. I’d already introduced myself to the Priest who had advised me where he was happy for me to stand during the wedding so I took my spot and waited for the arrival of the bride. I find this is always a good time to look around the venue and capture people interacting and getting themselves settled for the service, there’s often an exciting atmosphere of anticipation at this point.

Children are naturally inquisitive, and I love the way the older girl in the photo is pointing to something of interest that has caught her eye, I think the younger girl alongside her is her sister, but I’m not entirely sure; I love the way her eyes are focused on whatever it was that was interesting. Also, I didn’t notice at the time but in the very top right-hand corner you can see a gentleman, who I presume is the children’s father, looking in the same direction.

In post production I converted the image to monochrome as I found some of the colourful clothes worn by the surrounding guests were a little distracting. Black and white often helps to simplify an image and that is what I was looking for here.

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website, I hope you enjoy the photo.

Peace is free

Steve x

Image is © Steve Grogan Photography.