This is the story of a special couple and how they inspired me to explore black and white wedding photos more.
The first image of this post is of Kate and Jonnie. I first met Kate in the early days of my photographing weddings. She was the bridesmaid at my friend's wedding I was photographing. She stood out as a strong-minded organised lady who was going to completely support her friend through her wedding and make sure she had the best day!
A few years ago I got contacted by Kate to ask me to do something special for her. She had met a great guy (Jonnie) and fallen completely for him. They had a few very happy years together before he then started living with an illness that then very sadly became terminal. It was December 2016 and they knew it was unlikely he would see much of 2017. So they decided to get married and celebrate their deep love for each other. I was entrusted to capture what would be a difficult but also beautiful day.
Over a very short period of time leading up to the wedding and the day itself, I got to know Kate a little better. The other side of Kate that I didn't pick up on at her friend's wedding was this very kind, incredibly compassionate and loving person. I have never shared any images from the day out of respect but feel now that time has passed we can celebrate Jonnie and reflect.
The image below sums up how they feel for each other and is almost distilled by being a black and white photo. In the photo, I don't see a sick person getting married but two people in love getting married. As you will know from my other wedding photography I love colour and especially colour photography. My work will always be in colour and the majority of it. But there is something about the black and white wedding photos that clear out the clutter and as I said above distils the moment further!
As I prepare for 2019 I wanted to engage in a few projects that helped push my work and creativity further. I had an idea that it would be interesting to photograph a wedding completely in black and white. What would it be like to bring that eye to a whole wedding?
So this year I would love the opportunity to work with a couple and produce black and white wedding photos story for them. If you are interested then please get in touch here or above and I would love to talk about your plans and feelings about black and white photography.
In the meantime please take a look and enjoy some black and white wedding photos from the archives.
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