#30 – Pam & Martin
Pam & Martin’s was my first wedding of 2011. I spent the evening before – New Year’s Eve – enjoying the fantastic company of their family in their Lancashire home, very well fed indeed and provisioned with excellent wine; provided with accommodation by their next door neighbour, away for the period and whom I never met in person; immersed in a wealth of kindness.
The following day – New Year’s Day – we all travelled up and across to Yorkshire for their wedding. This was the first of just a few weddings that I have photographed over the years that featured a relatively small number of guests, a party of 18 in total if memory serves me correctly (and that including Pam & Martin, and myself as their photographer) whereas I would estimate that the modal average number of people at most weddings that I photograph comes out somewhere around the one hundred mark. I had wondered how the dynamic might work in terms of photography, in comparison to all those weddings that I had previously photographed. It’s easy to hide oneself amongst a hundred or so people but I couldn’t imagine that being the case amongst a small group of people and wondered if my presence might somehow tip the balance in the wrong direction, in terms of the comfort of those present. As things turned out in practice, logistically it felt no different to photographing a larger scale wedding and on a social level, if anything, I felt more fully integrated into the day than I had at those weddings where I might be more able to disguise my presence. It did of course help that they were all a lovely bunch of people to hang out with regardless of what I was there to do! :~)
The opening image has always been a favourite of mine from Pam & Martin’s wedding day, as Martin addresses his father whilst delivering his speech. I feel that it conveys a strength of connection between those in the image, both seen clearly and present in partial silhouette; such strength of connection being a strongly evident theme throughout the day. View full post »