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I had the pleasure of photographing Linda and James' wedding last Wednesday at The Holiday Inn, Ashford. It was unbelievably cold and icy in the morning and so I gave myself an additional hour to make it to the venue. Thank goodness I did, as conditions on the road were awful and many roads were closed due to accidents. Fortunately, I made it to Ashford in one piece. It was a beautiful winter's day but the sun was strong and low in the sky - which presented a few challenges at times.
Below are a selection of images from Linda and James' wedding. For more, please view the gallery for their wedding at The Holiday Inn, Ashford.
The sun was streaming in through the window just before the ceremony and the cut-off point between light and shadow from the window was at head level. No amount of post-production work would have saved images shot under these conditions so I had to find an immediate solution. With the help of the hotel staff I managed to track down an attractively decorated wooden board which I was able to use to block out most of the light. There was still some harsh light leaking through so I then underexposed for the ambient light and lit them with bounced flash. I was happy with the results.
Spotted doing a surreptitious 'up kilt' shot.
One of the challenges with shooting at modern hotel chains is that there's often little in the way of grounds - often it's just car park. I'd had a scout before the wedding and an adjacent field had caught my eye. It was full of lovely old dry thistles (which were a lot more attractive than I've made them sound!) - particularly appropriate since the couple were Scottish. However, it was damp, muddy and the thistles blocked the path in. Linda and James were up for a photoshoot in it though. Above, James performs his duties as a husband.
What a double act they were - haha!
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