Why This Photo Matters
I could easily have chosen to take one of those “traditional” cheesy cutting-of-the-cake photos at this point of the wedding. But it’s far more interesting to show the guests lining up to take their own photos, to bring them into the story. And I was also able to capture the waiter bringing the knife out from the kitchen at Consall Hall Gardens ready for the cake cutting moments later.
I’d much rather put these kinds of ceremonial set-pieces in context – in this case to make use of a wide-angle lens and show how the guests are reacting to events as they unfold. It’s part of my role as a documentary wedding photographer to show the wider story. It seems absurd to me for the photographer to become the centre of attention at the cutting of the cake. Instead, it is a moment for the couple to experience and for their guests to witness and I always intend to use a photojournalistic approach to make it more memorable.
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- Aperture: ƒ/2.8
- Focal length: 24mm
- ISO: 6400
- Shutter speed: 1/320s