Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of meeting Gordon McGowan on a wedding photography course at Chatsworth House. He ran one day of a four day course and we spent time photographing a couple in the church and the grounds. Gordon is very particular about technique and posing and I learned lots about how to construct not only the photograph, but also the technically correct methods for posing both bride and groom.
Not all of his techniques fitted our style as such, but it was very interesting to be able to take elements of his work and adapt them in to our style. Here is a selection of shots from the day. Again, they are processed quite differently to our normal style, but I quite like them as a variation!
I’ll definitely be using the ‘wide-angle dramatic sky’ look again!
While the pose and brides expression don’t quite do it for me, I love the composition of this and how I’ve managed to process it.
These are processed subtly differently – a little softer and warmer.
I’ve also worked to get a black and white that I like, which is not the same as every other black and white conversion out there! The white may be clipped a little too much in this, but I like the way it is going in this and the ‘dramatic sky shot’ above.
The gardens were full of photo opportunity and these have been processed to bring out the texture in the rocks and other sculptural materials.
There you go! I hope you like them, I think they would look great as large prints or canvases and will try to do a couple like this in our weddings next year.