Charlotte and Chris’s First Dance
One of my favourite moments to capture at the weddings I document, is the first dance.
From a technical point of view, I usually capture them using an off camera flash or two.
For Charlotte and Chris’s first dance, I opted to use just the one – which I positioned on the table behind them in this shot.
Now, I love this shot for a number of reasons.
Firstly, the symmetry in the image; with Charlotte and Chris perfectly placed in the centre, I can’t begin to explain how difficult it is to get a first dance shot that is framed like this.
I never ask a couple to stand in a certain place on the dance floor. Having been there myself at my wedding, I understand that there is enough on their mind at the moment, without a photographer dictating where they have their first dance.
Secondly, I love the lighting on Chris’s face here, look how happy he is. As a documentary photographer, I strive to capture images that tell the story of a wedding day. I am always on the look out for little glances, smiles and reactions like these.
So to capture a shot like this, perfectly framed with a genuine emotional moment, is a real achievement in my humble opinion.
And of course, Charlotte’s dress looks amazing too.
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