Let me start this off by saying that one part of a wedding I love to photograph, is the dancing. After the ceremony and the emotion of the speeches, everyone is ready to let their hair down. It’s a part of the day that makes for some great images, and some of them completely unexpected.
There were over 350 people at Chantelle and Eddie’s wedding in Leeds so as you can imagine this was a hectic and very busy day. We did briefly manage to find some time (and amazing autumnal light) away from the crowds. The bridal party probably spent an hour there and I was able to just capture them enjoying themselves.
However, once we were done, the dancing (like so much of this wedding) was pure chaotic fun.
When photographing any part of a wedding, I am usually in amongst everyone. I don’t like to be too far away so, as a documentary wedding photographer, I can anticipate moments without having to direct them. By doing this I want people to feel they are back in the scene when they are looking at the photograph.
However, this dancefloor was too crowded to get a good overall perspective on what was happening around me. So to capture this, I changed my approach and climbed up onto the stage and photographed everyone from above.
From this perspective I could see people stood on the edge watching everything that was going on. I manged to shoot through the crowd (arms, hands and heads!) and capture the expression on this guys face as he watched…before joining in.
I really like how light is resting on his face and how the arms curved around the top make a nice circular frame around him.
To put into context just how busy this dancefloor was, I have included a few other pictures below.