I am not long back from a great morning photographing the pre-wedding photographs of Caroline & Daniel at the stunning Castle Howard. Having only spoken with Caroline & Daniel before via Skype, it was lovely to finally meet them and spend some time photographing them in stunning surroundings.
The morning threw four seasons at us in just over an hour, from lovely sunshine, to driving bursts of rain. The weather though made for an impressive sky and beautiful light which is then evident in the photographs. All too often photographers wish for a mediocre dull day as it is so much easier to photograph on a dull overcast day, but photography is all about light. Light can make the difference between a good photograph and a great photograph. Bright sunny days create dark shadows which can be used to a photographers advantage. Sunny days also make colours sing, especially the green colour of leaves and grass. Shooting into the sunlight creates beautiful halo light around the people being photographed to create some depth to the photograph. Having individual clouds in the sky creates interest in the sky and although means the light is constantly changing as the sun disappears behind a cloud which makes it much more challenging for a photographer to get the exposure correct, a photograph can be so much more creative and exciting.
I tried photographing directly into the sun today to try something different, using the sunlight to create flair. It is easy to create flair in a photograph but not very easy to control the flair. Sometimes a happy accident occurs, but often the flair dominates the photograph and the photograph produced is not really a good quality image. By controlling the aperture of the camera, flair can be captured in such a way that it makes for a very creative photograph.
It was great to work in such beautiful surroundings of Castle Howard and to meet and work with Caroline & Daniel. They are a great couple and it was interesting to hear about what they are planning for the wedding day. I am very much looking forward to photographing their wedding and will post a selection of photographs here for you to review. In the meantime here is a small selection of photographs taken today for you to enjoy.
Damian James Bramley, DJB Photography – Wedding Photographer York