I will be telling the story of the wedding in a unique way, through a childs eyes. My fifteen month nephew to be precise. Creating photos that depict a different point of view is going to be a challenge but I’m really looking forward to it.
The most important element is telling a story. You think it’s obvious. You take a photo of an event and it’s told the story, a wedding. But what about the emotion and deeper story in the image, the happiness on the brides face, on the people around them. Those are the images I want to capture.
Newspapers do it all the time, one photo can capture horror, brutality, joy, humour which arouse all sorts of emotions.
Relationship. Including one person is good but to show more emotion it’s better to include two. You have contrast then, more people include more interest but carefully, you don’t want to crush ten people into one frame unless the overcrowded look is what you’re looking for.
You can also just hint at a second person being an image, this creates curiosity. A man and a woman looking at each other shyly tells a story but you create a lot more emotion and intrigue if you show the woman looking in a direction out of the photo.
I’m creating a series of photos so the story must flow from one to another almost like a book or a movie. I should imagine that these are the stills and each photo has to exist on its own as a unique and visually appealing photograph while also being a small part of a large collection.
I am a writer so telling stories is something that I love and never stop doing. That’s why this is an exciting project bringing it into my photography.
When I start with a story generally it starts with an idea, a flash of inspiration and then the characters, plot and the conflict. I need to include all of this, though hopefully not the conflict part in a wedding. The difference between photography and writing is that the plot and story is there but you don’t need bad guys and danger. Just a simple short story told through an expression or event
Leo waking and his parents getting him ready. The excitement of what’s going on. Driving to the wedding and the actual ceremony.
The reception, food and dancing.
Going home and falling asleep either at the venue or the car. I’d like to create a sleepy feeling in the last photo. Not pitch black as his eyes are closed. But the blurring of the lights outside the car window into beautiful bokeh and perhaps some raindrops on the window to reinforce the dystopian vision.
To prepare for this series I started imagining how everything would look if I was Ewan size, crawling on the floor, feeling curious and how normal everyday life became this vision of beauty and awe.
English filmmaker David Brace strapped a head camera to his daughter, Oliva’s head and let her run around the house playing hide and seek. What I learnt from this is the way in which children really get distracted. The most notable part was when she glanced at the toys then her Dad then her toys and the Dad before running over to play. I should try and bring this across in my photography, showing how Leo is more interested in the little things as opposed to the wedding. A good photo to show this in is the food. A nice depth of field with the edge of the table out of focus, the focus on the food and the wedding nicely blurred in the background would show how he is peeping over the table concentrating on only the one thing, food.
Ideas so far.
To include in every photo.
- Something wedding related.
- Child view point.
- Beautiful photo.
- Correct settings and sharpness.
- Tell a story.
- Capture emotion.
Leo wakes up, his parents hanging above him staring down at him.
Bright white light. Need something to show it’s a wedding – parents in wedding clothes. Nice wide angle shot to distort faces and create the dominating sense of someone pressing their face up to yours.
Shoot Lying on the floor with Leos Mum or Dad staring into lens. Ignore embarrassment this is my career.
Thoughts. Colour scheme of house is purple. Could cast hue onto faces which will need to be corrected in darkroom. Yellow walls, will need to compensate. Natural window lighting from the doors. I’ll lie underneath them and should get the white look I wanted.Or place subject in front of door but frames will be distracting.
Emotion conveyed. Baby recognises parents but has just woken and is slightly shocked.
Breakfast. Leo eating breakfast while parents dash around getting ready for wedding.
Shoot. Food held out with face blurred. Choose food that matches colour scheme. Bear in mind ratio and brightness.
Outfit. Leo staring through cot bars at his wedding outfit.
Shoot. I’ll put the camera in the cot, maybe use remote release. Would be good to have Leo’s hands grasping the cot. But I’d need to have the camera in front of him.
Other option. Shooting down Leo at his shiny shoes. He’s just learnt to walk so should be able to stand. Otherwise sitting down shot at chair.
Optional photo. Staring at car through railings while everyone dashes into the car. I might skip this one though as it would be better to capture more images at the wedding.
Arriving at the church. Leo stares through glass nervously at church.
Shoot. Include car window as natural framing. Over expose slightly to include detail. Position part of frame allowing for the size factor. Ewan wouldn’t be able to see through the whole window.
Church. Leo walks up to church which looms over him.
Shoot. Pre wedding photo. Lie on floor looking up at church, capturing sense of power and dominating force. Wide angle would be good here. Reinforces drama and impression. Converging lines reiterate.
Aisle. Leo wanders down the aisle in a daze.
Shoot. Shoot low for converging lines to increase drama and include pews on either side. Position altar at the middle for bulls eye composition with the pews create symmetry.
Bride arrives. Leo looks around as the bride and bridesmaid arrive.
Shoot. Multiple ideas here. Either shooting low with Leo looking around the pew, the flowers in the side and the bride appearing. Or perhaps Leo is more interested in his little toy animal which is in the flowers while the bride is blurred. The problem with this is that I miss getting the photo of the bride arriving for myself and family.I could shoot fast and combat this problem.
Other ideas. Shoot up as the bride walks past seeming to tower which is reiterated by all the people around him.
I Do. Leo watches them say ‘I Do’ but doesn’t really understand what’s going on.
Shoot. The plastic animal sitting on bible or even on the floor as children like to scramble down on the benches. Maybe staring up at the people around him. His Mum might even glance down at the camera which would be good. (this is a possibility as she doesn’t like people taking photos of her)
Kiss. Leo looks away disgusted.
Shoot. Focus on the faces with telephoto then zoom fast creating diagonal lines to show how he turns his head quickly.
Shoot. Two ideas for this.
One: Leo looks up at all the confetti blowing about and the brides walking underneath.
Two: Pre wedding shoot. Someone blows confetti into the camera lens so it’s like it’s being blown into his face.
Venue. Leo walks up to venue.
Shoot. I want to do something different here from the tall dramatic church one. I saw an amazing photo of a landscape captured in a bubble and would like to do something similar. Pre wedding or post wedding shoot. Go to venue and blow bubbles in early morning or evening light as light makes the bubbles more beautiful. Try and position the venue to be reflected. Small aperture retains more detail. Otherwise capture venue in car reflection like I did below.
Food. Leo ignores what’s going on at the wedding and only wants to see one thing. Food.
Shoot. A nice depth of field with the edge of the table out of focus, the focus on the food and the wedding nicely blurred in the background would show how he is peeping over the table concentrating on only the one thing, food.
Dancing. Leo watches the dancing feeling the music.
Shoot. He really loves music and I think a creative way of showing this is to use a slow shutter speed, set the camera on a table and shoot the dancers. The slow shutter speed will cause them to blur and hopefully send the lights haywire. It will also reinforce the tiredness he is starting to feel. The angle may change as though his head is tilting as he struggles to stay awake.
Night night. He falls asleep in the car.
ut the blurring of the lights outside the car window into beautiful bokeh and perhaps some raindrops on the window to reinforce the dystopian vision.
Notes to self.
Wedding dress. Camera will render it 18% grey! Overexpose slightly to compensate for this. Same with grooms outfit.