Earlier this year i conducted an educational and playful workshop for myself and a couple of other photographers to practice Wedding style photography in a beautiful converted barn in Cumbria. The barn was recently featured on a BBC documentary about rural farming life, the struggles and how this family had utilised one of the cattle sheds during the Summer months, by converting it into a rustic Wedding venue.

I had the opportunity to shoot a selection of models, wedding dresses, even a groom and battle the harsh setting. Looking back at the shoot i knew then that i should have brought some other equipment with me, including a flash gun. I had not really used a flash gun much at the time, so didn’t feel confident using it. I brought a couple of studio lights and a reflector, but struggled with the reflector as i didn’t have an assistant or flexible stand in which to position it how i wanted. However, despite these complaints, i captured my preferred style of photographer with the harsh lighting available.

I actually found this style to be quite flattering for the models, and in general i have found is a safer tactic at Weddings when you can’t plan what kind of model you have. Flatter/softer lighting, can be pretty and romantic, such as the work of Dottie Photography, but for the bigger bride with insecurities i feel it simply flattens what features they have, widens the face and reveals any other imperfections they would rather keep hidden.