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Rothwell Parish Church, Photographed my neighbours wedding as a favour!

Rothwell Parish Church, Photographed my neighbours wedding as a favour!
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Behind The Lens

This image was captured outside Rothwell parish church in Leeds, West Yorkshire. There has been a church on the site since 1130AD, The tower seen in this image dates from 1480.
Taken at approx 2pm the day was bright but slightly overcast, absolutely the best light for a wedding!
I only ever use the ambient light when shooting a wedding, though I do use reflectors for a lot of images there is non used in this shot.
I shot this on a Nikon D810 with my absolute favourite lens that I actually own, my Nikon 50mm 1.2. You have to be very critical with the focus but if you hit the sweet spot you cannot take a bad image. This lens was two months wages when I bought it.
Most couples don't really relish being photographed and it can be very stressful for them, I take a long time and make a lot of effort to get them at their ease. If the sitters are not comfortable every image will reveal so. I took this amongst a series after I made all the other guests leave, true love is very easy to photograph.
I isolated the couple and allowed the background to underexpose but no other processing. The Nikon 50mm 1.2 lens does the work for you.
In my camera bag
I always have my Nikon 810 a Nikon Df as back up and a Nikkor 50mm 1.2, Nikkor 85mm 1.8 and a rarely used 20mm 1.8.
I was lucky that this was a bright summers day with dense cloud cover possibly the best lighting for almost any subject but perfect for portraits and capturing detail in bright white wedding dresses. I believe you only ever get truly good wedding images when the couple are completely at ease with the photographer and are comfortable enough to just be themselves. Spend time relaxing your subjects, show that you care about their day and only be seen when absolutely necessary. Don't try too hard to be different great wedding images just capture the moment and the love.

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