No Pressure Then... by pasttheirprime

No Pressure Then...

"Stu - you and the lovely Mrs D have made the 15 person cut for our wedding reception...."

"Wow! Really?! You're both sure?! - That's fantastic, we'd be delighted to attend..."

"The thing is, an official photographer would count as one of the 15, which means we lose a guest - so would you mind bringing your camera along....?"


One of the joys of landscape photography is that the scene often displays near-infinite patience with you. There's no great issue if you decide a wider angle lens is required, no problem if you elect to use a tripod to enable pin-sharp focus with longer shutter speeds, no debate whatsoever over everything staying put while you ~frankly~ dick about getting it all sorted.

It generally doesn't blink at the crucial moment either.

I'm sure I don't need to labour the point any further in this narrative.

But I will - because until 5 days before the event I had never owned or shot with a flash. I didn't even know they're not called a "flash" anymore, but are now referred to as a "speedlight" and those who know what they're doing are "strobists"...

Well, I certainly won't be in that category any time soon! The event went quite superbly given the circumstances - however I confess I really felt the pressure of trying to capture it crisply and not disappoint the lovely couple.

The upshot was a mixed bag of (frankly) dreadful, with a smattering of "Thank goodness for that" shots - this is one of the better ones!

I was given some sound advice from one of the original PastTheirPrime team - part of which was to make sure I got a full-length dress shot (based on his own experience with the professional photographer at his wedding last year). Thankfully the Hotel boasted a rather lovely staircase that assisted here (although this isn't "that" shot)

Anyway - just 443 shots to sift through in the hope there might be one or two more decent ones lurking.

Back to landscapes, I feel...

Thanks for looking

a lovely photo...her smile is wonderful. weddings are very difficult. much more so than landscapes...I'm sure they will be thrilled with your photos!
October 18th, 2020  
Love the lines ... love the light and shadows ... and that smile!
October 18th, 2020  
This is such a lovely natural shot and the bride looks very happy.
October 18th, 2020  
Such a lovely relaxed shot! Well done on your traumatic experience! It reminded me why I don’t do weddings! I am sure they will be pleased with your efforts!
October 18th, 2020  
Good for you for even taking it on.
October 18th, 2020  
I am with you give me a great view rather than fussy people. I took my nephew's wedding pictures back in the time of film and didn't realize the film wasn't advancing. Like the pictures the marriage flopped.
October 19th, 2020  
A wonderfully candid capture, a treasure for sure.
October 19th, 2020  
A lovely natural capture- well done, hope you show us more!
October 19th, 2020  
You are brave! A lovely image. I’m sure there’s more great images to!
October 19th, 2020  
Well done, that would be my worst nightmare. I do have a speed light, but I haven't a clue how to use it.
October 19th, 2020  
well the bride looks radiant here so you did a good job. so glad that the wedding could go ahead even with the 15 guests restriction. i have enjoyed shooting friends' weddings as long as they do have an official photographer and mine are just extra ;) well done for taking on this job - bet they will be delighted with your images
October 19th, 2020  
Great job on this image, beautiful capture, great light, lines and a happy bride.
October 19th, 2020  
looks like you did a most excellent job. I am sure the happy couple will not be disappointed but understand that you may have needed a stiff drink at the end of the day!
October 19th, 2020  
Beautifully shot! Wedding photography is so stressful (to me, anyway.) You are brave indeed!
October 20th, 2020  
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