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The image at the foot of this text is the culmination of several months work with a bride and groom who wanted something different.

It all began when we covered their wedding on what can only be described as a damp and windy day. The outdoor images were ok but certainly nothing startling because of the dull grey sky we had. Yes we used flash to liven things up and the guests event helped decorate a tree in the grounds for a shoot. Sadly the staff at the location took it upon themselves to tear all that hard work down before we had chance to get out and shoot. Idiots jumps to mind.

After handing over the final set of images the bride asked if it would be possible to do a specific location shoot during the summer. I was of course happy to help, as I believe all photographers should be in such a situation, and left the proposed date to them. Once the summer of 2016 arrived we planned a date to coincide with what the weather forecasters had said would be a nice day. The day arrived, the sun was shining, a low but warm wind blew and off we went to Whitby.

The location they had chosen was very specific. The bride had seen a shoot that I had done the previous winter in and around the town of Whitby, North Yorkshire. One of those images had been taken at the end of and underneath the North Pier. This is usually populated with fishermen taking advantage of its reach out into the North Sea and not the easiest point to reach as it involves a climb down some precarious old metal ladders. The brides wish is the brides wish though so off we went.

Once down there the bride and groom simply got changed into their wedding day attire. This was a hoot to say the least with fishermen averting their eyes whilst cheeky comments were received from passing pleasure cruise boats. All good clean fun and certainly something that you wouldn’t see or be believed when you told the story.

The shoot itself was easy enough and took about half an hour to finally get a pose which they both liked. Once this was in the bag and agreed upon we packed up and went for a well deserved fish & chip dinner in one of the many harbour restaurants.

The long process of developing the image into exactly what the bride and groom wanted then began. The whole process took almost 6 months. This wasn’t time with me getting the processing done but actually being able to arrange all three of us to be in the same room at the same time. Work, kids & other interruptions all delayed the process.

The image ended up with some seventy (70) layers, within multiple groups in Photoshop. There are many obvious additions and many very subtle additions requested by the bride and groom. A few obvious examples are the multiple bouquets along each of the pillars, the doves and lighting. The not so obvious include the bride and grooms names and date of marriage etched (via photoshop) onto the nearest pillar. This can be seen in the final print, if you look hard enough, as she wanted several small additions to totally personalise the image.

Finally completed a couple of weeks ago the final 30×18 was framed in a silver to black graded frame on a double mount to match their house decor. One very happy couple and one very pleased photographer.

I never anticipated this taking so long. I just thought a few weeks would see this through from start to finish. All the subtle additions and removals, as the image was created, along with the delays in seeing each other turned this into a long and protracted commission. The result however looks superb up on their wall and has already had many visitors looking for the finely added nuances and personal touches along with the obvious ones.

I won’t even bother with the camera settings as with such a heavily manipulated image it hardly seems appropriate.

JanCmp

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