A Gherkin and A Wedding (aka A Wedding at 580 Feet Up )

One of my favourite aspects of wedding photography is the great variety of locations at which I get to shoot - every venue has its own unique charm.

Some locations though are unique because of their rarity factor and recently I was lucky enough to shoot a wedding at one of London's most exclusive venues - on top of the iconicGherkin skyscraper.  Officially known as 30 St Mary Axe, the Gherkin is one of the most famous elements of London's city skyline - and does not allow public entry.

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Here's the 40th Floor ready for the Civil Ceremony- the polished floor, huge glass panes and stunning views, along with the reflections, really make this a pleasure to photograph.

As you'd expect, the views from the 40th floor are just stunning - the Gherkin is close to many of London's most famous landmarks and buildings.  In the photo above, 122 Leadenhall Street (aka 'The Cheesegrater') towers in the background.  I love these nicknames for skyscrapers!

I was there working with the wonderful guys at Peekaboo Events and they (as always) provided high class and orginal decor for both the civil ceremony and the evening reception.

The image above shows the fabulous setting for the evening reception.

I've wanted to get up The Gherkin for as long as I've taken photography seriously so this really was an experience to remember.  A big thank you to Peekaboo Events for the opportunity to do so - pay their website a visit (I took most of the images on there) and tell them Mo sent you!

Of course, it would have been rude not to take a few shots of the stunning views while I was up there and I managed to capture this memorable view of Tower Bridge late in the evening.  I hope you like it.

 Tower Bridge long exposure from The Gherkin

Tower Bridge long exposure from The Gherkin

 

Enjoy the fabulous weather and please tune in for another blog update in next week or so.

Thanks for reading, Mo

 

Black & White or Colour?

Hi all, I've not been able to blog for a while due to being so busy but I'm aiming hoping to be back on track now and blog much more frequently.

So here's a question that every photographer faces on a regular basis - when to use black & white for a particular image and when to go with colour?

Some background: ANY image can look superb in monochrome.  I love black & white images (and one of my wishes is to one day to shoot a white wedding purely in black & white) but equally I apppreciate that not every image works in monochrome.  For example, surely you'd want to see most sunrise/sunset images in colour so you can appreciate the vivid colours and tones?

I regularly shoot weddings of all descriptions and Asian weddings in particular are famous for being so colourful and vivid - surely there's no place for black and white?  Well, maybe there is for the occasional shot.

Here's a bridal portrait I took at a Muslim wedding knowing from the start that it would be a black and while image:

You might be wondering what I'm gaining from going monochromatic when I'm losing all the beautiful colours in her outfit?

Well, used judiciously monochrome strips away the non-essential and focusses the image on the core elements - in this case, I wanted the image to highlight her wonderful expression, herpose, the perspective and the intricate details in her outfit.

Also, the vast majority of the shots in the Wedding set were coilour so I like to use the occasional mono image to really emphasise the subject, and to provide a nice contrast to colour images.  The trick is to use mono on images that wil benefit and not to overuse it.

I don't often do this but here's the original colour shot for comparison purposes and to (hopefully) illustrate my point:

So to get the final image, I desaturated all colour, cropped and tilted the image and highlighted the bride's expression and outfit details.

It's a subjective thing of course, but I think the monchrome version is much more powerful than the colour original.

The bride agrees (thankfully!) - this image is a framed 18 inch square print in her house.  And let me tell you, nothing beats clients framing the work you've done for them.  It's a huge compliment to any photographer.

I'm available to photograph Weddings and Events - please see galleries for Weddings, Asian Weddings and Events.

Please get in touch via the Contact page.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend, Mo

The Page Boy

The latest addition to my Western Weddings gallery is this portrait of a Page Boy at a wonderful wedding I shot recently.

For me, this portrait was all about his spellbinding eyes and I used a narrow depth of field to accentuate them.  I didn't use flash and instead took this with natural light from a window coming from the right.

A big thank you to him for being such a willing subject.

I'm now taking bookings for 2016 so please get in touch and let's have a conversation about how I can help you get memorable images of your big event.

Thanks, Mo