A key piece of Andy Gaines advice: Keep the camera to your eye as much as possible and shoot through everything. “Often the moments in between the moments and on either side of the actual events can be just as strong photographically as the events themselves,” says the UK-based destination photographer, and Rf 30 Rising Star (2014).
Gaines took his own advice at this Lake District wedding, when the bride and her bridesmaids were on their way to take some bridal party portraits among the trees just outside of the left side of the frame. “When they set off to walk there,” Gaines recalls, “I noticed how they were staggered out in a line and thought it might make for a good frame. So I ran through some rather long, wet, muddy grass to get the composition squared up and shot a bunch of frames as they walked to the portrait location.”
Besides catching a somewhat offbeat, in-the-moment frame, Gaines also managed to capture what one might interpret to be the different personalities. “The friend at the front charging ahead, the bridesmaid who chose to help with the dress, the one at the back who got to bring the bouquets,” he says, “just little things that help remind the couple about the people in the frame and who they are and were.”
(Shot on a Nikon D750 and 35mm f/1.8 lens.)