As a wedding photographer I often get asked why I work such long hours. I say that I work 'all day' an I really mean it - I start as early in the morning as the bride's hair and makeup artists arrive, and leave when I'm no longer taking original photos, which is usually within about an hour or so of the first dance. But why? My job is all about capturing and telling the true story of your wedding day, from start to finish. This is particularly important during and after the first dance. Throughout the wedding day, there's a certain stiff upper lip from wedding guests. A portrayal of the best version of themselves, and people are afraid to really let loose. Fast forward 6 hours or so, with most of the day behind them (and many drinks down them) then people really do show their true selves. This is why it's great of capturing the true essence of the day, and an opportunity that is lost if you leave earlier in the day.
For Ali & Izzy's first dance and then party photos, I set up a couple of my own lights alongside those of the band and shot into them, which produces a very dramatic lighting effect.