One of the highlights of the day is the evening activities. At this point of the proceedings the bridal party swap from traditional 'British' wedding attire to African styles of dress. There is a grand entrance where each of the members of the bridal party enter the venue, with more sense of occasion than a Paris catwalk. Mix this with a few hundred people, bass heavy music, dancing, and traditional African food, means as a photographer you really can't go wrong. But this level of excitement can be quite draining for some. Once the evening's events are well underway, it's understandable that some of the kids and quite honestly most of the adults, need a quick nap to recharge the old batteries.
As I was wandering around the reception venue capturing the usual candid/natural shots of the wedding guests at this event, the mini stage and Chaise Lounge, which was the centrepiece for the bride and groom, seemed to now have turned into a general nap area. At first it was the young boy in the photo who I spotted had conked out and had probably picked the best seat in the venue for a mandatory nap. Luckily for me, just a few minutes later, one of the bridesmaids sat down, looking very nonchalant about the whole occasion. Obviously, that was a photo I couldn't pass by. It was one of those photos that could imply lots of things and tell a story.
As per usual as a wedding photographer these moments may not even last seconds, so we have to watch our surroundings like a hawk. We never know when the next standout moment will pop up. It can happen at any time. It's one of the areas I pride myself on, capturing those little moments which may almost seem insignificant at the time, but are just as important as any other part of the day. Luckily for me, I have a job where I have the honour of capturing those moments every week.
Dave Ashton is a wedding photographer in North West and more of his work can be found at: www.studio-33.com
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