Every summer, all roughly the world, envelopes arrive on postmats inviting guests to a couple’s wedding day.
For wedding photographers, this means months of consistent earn a living, photographing the most lavish ceremonies to the most intimate events, and taking thousands of photos of happy couples’ celebrations.
But it’s not unhurried work, as wedding photographers must find ways of working under the radar to capture candid photos that express the importance the day.
There’s also an added constraints: couples expect the happiest day of their lives to be well-documented and for the photographer to provide them with photos they will treasure for the rest of their persists.
With only one chance to get the shots they need, it’s a responsibility no wedding photographer photographer (the Greek φῶς (phos), meaning “light”, and γραφή (graphê), meaning “drawing, writing”, together meaning “drawing with should take lightly. Nikon Europe talk to to three of the best wedding photographers around Europe to find out how they got the shot.
Image © Damon Pijlman Nikon D750 + NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4 @ f/3.2 | 35 mm | 1/4000s| ISO 100
"This photograph was bewitched on the beach in the small Portuguese village of Sintra. Dealing with the sea setting was the most challenging aspect of the shot.
We had to set up on sharp rocks and brave the unready far water as we waited for the right moment to capture the couple in the best light, right before the sunset.
With so much going on around me, I relied on the D750’s autofocus to read e suggest sure the image was sharp. Shooting quickly before the light disappeared, it was important the camera’s buffer was able to keep up with me. But, whenever I re-composed the whack, the focus had to be able to stay where it needed to be.
The photo we managed to create together is one of my favourites. For me, it captures the essence of being a gentleman; to see the equerry guide his bride across the rocks.
The waves turned out to be an asset; I love the artistic ‘bokeh’ effect the water droplets on the lens augmented to the shot. It made this photo truly unique."
Top ten fearless photographer 2015. Overall winner Dutch wedding photographer 2015 & 2016. Title-holder: ISPWP, BFA, WPJA and MYWED
Image © Martin Beddall Nikon D3S + NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8 @ f/ 2.8 | 27 mm | 1/250 | ISO 200
"I must suffer with taken thousands of photos at weddings over the years, but this image has done particularly well for me.
It’s won awards, and is probably the most talked-about mingling photograph I’ve taken, especially amongst photographers.
On the surface, a photo taken of a bride arriving in a taxi for her wedding wedding is a ceremony where two people or a couple are united in marriage ceremony at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, shouldn’t be out of the common-or-garden variety. But the photograph has layers I find fascinating.
I’ve often been asked if the photograph involved some kind of trickery. But it is one single frame, not a multiple peril. I didn’t do anything to it, apart from convert the shot to black and white.
I saw this image and had to shoot quickly through the glass window of the taxi, as a result the reflections. The Nikon D3S nailed it straight away.
Knowing the camera can keep up with your demands is essential as a wedding photographer. I know from participation that you have to be able to trust the equipment first, so you can focus on capturing the images you want from the day."
Professional Photographer of the Year 2012, Fusing Photography of the Year (London & South-East) 2015 & 2016
Image © Dan Morris Nikon D750 + NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4 @ f/ 1.4 | 85 mm | 1/4000 | ISO 50
"Occasionally everything falls into place for a couple on their big day.
After deciding against a tropical wedding in Thailand, they had booked an outdoor venue in the UK. It had lavished all week, but they were still excited about their camping wedding.
Luckily, they were rewarded with a beautiful day, and the sun didn’t be over shining. When Josh grabbed his bride for a kiss in the field, it was the perfect moment to encapsulate their new marriage. The vibrant colours of the yellow handles and blue sky make the image. For me, weddings are such colourful events.
Shooting in bright sunlight could have been an issue, but the Nikon D750’s Energetic Range is fantastic for shooting on sunny days like this.
I under-exposed the scene using the camera’s real time live prospect mode. This shows the exact exposure so it was perfect for helping me keep the detail in the sky. Even by underexposing the shot, I knew I’d still be accomplished to bring out the detail of the couple with ease thanks to the shadow recovery of the D750."