Father & Daughter Kiss – One Of Our Favourites
We’ve been showing this picture in our wedding portfolio for a few years now. It was taken by Sarah during the wedding of Jayne and Darren at the Ettington Park Hotel near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.
This isn’t what many people would consider a typical wedding photograph – there is no bride and groom, no confetti and nobody beaming at the camera! But this is very much the kind of picture we are known for and love to capture.
This was taken at the end of the ceremony, when the bride and groom were signing the marriage register. Due to restrictions imposed by the registrars, it’s very rare we can take pictures of the actual signing itself (nb: this is the norm in most of the counties we regularly work in but registrars other parts of the country are more relaxed), so if the situation allows we usually look around for other things happening amongst the guests.
It is simply a lovely little moment between one of the groom’s ushers and his young daughter. It’s spontaneous and fleeting but beautifully captured by Sarah in the blink of an eye. However, because she avoided the natural temptation to ‘zoom’ closer, the picture has retained a wider context. The other guests are patiently waiting for the end of the signing – except for the young man to the right of the frame who’s mind is obviously elsewhere. Is he just bored or is there something above that has taken his interest? It’s great to be able to capture little moments like the father-daughter moment, but often it’s the other things happening in the picture which give an extra dimension. It’s little moments like this one that really illustrate the individual nature of every wedding we photograph.
Because of the mixed lighting in this room, we decided that black-and-white was the best choice for the final version of the picture. We kept the contrast quite high to really emphasis the direction of the natural light and so the girl’s white outfit was more prominent.
The full blog post for this wedding can be viewed at: