This wedding photograph was captured in the circular drive at the Langham Pasadena inside a late-model Rolls-Royce.
The image itself is an excellent example of photojournalism in my capture of a decisive moment. I predicted that the driver, a cousin of the bride, would turn around to say something to her before we left for the wedding ceremony. I got in position, and held my camera ready waiting for that moment. The cousin turned, and my image was made real. I was fortunate in the expressions of all three of them as that is not always the case. As an aside, I had often wondered why so many people felt so enamored with the Rolls-Royce automobile. However, my experience had always been with early models of that car. This late-model example though was the most luxurious ride I've ever had in any auto. In fact, it was so awesome, that almost didn't seem fair that I was working.
Creating photographs inside automobiles is never easy. As a wedding photographer, I'm working inside a closed space that allows for little movement. As additional consideration, I must typically use my widest angle lens and it often doesn't seem to be wide enough. And because of the distortion that comes with using a wide-angle lens, I have to be very careful about my compositions to make sure that my subjects aren't presented in an unflattering way. In addition to those considerations, I also have to attempt to balance the interior light and exterior light so as to minimize distractions and keep the viewers focus on the important elements of the photograph.
Pasadena Langham Huntington is located in Pasadena, California. Phone: (626) 585 6244. Website: www.langhamhuntingtonweddings.com.
Location: 1401 S Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106.
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