Hannah and John’s wedding at the Grand Hotel in Brighton last Friday. The weather forecast had promised strong wind and rain, but we were lucky to escape outside for a few photos before the weather picked up. Hannah & John had a short wander down the Brighton promenade on the seafront for a couple of shots with the famous West pier in the background, before stopping on the way back in front of the Grand Hotel for another photograph before we retreated back indoors.
We shot most of the group photographs on the elegant central staircase and I adjusted the speedlights that I was using to place one behind them for this shot. The sky light at the top of the shot provided some lighting, but as we were quite far down, the off camera flash proved very useful.
The rest of the wedding photographs were shot around the Grand Hotel foyer and the staircase, using some natural light from the skylight and some off camera flash where necessary. The shot above used a snoot to hone the beam from the flashgun into a spotlight and avoid spoiling the ambient light in the background.
Using fast lenses for this indoor shot in the Grand Hotel staircase was essential, and my Sigma 24-35mm F2 was very useful for utilising some of the light from the lamps and skylight to expose this shot correctly. I also tried the spotlight technique on the actual stairs, with the help of one of the Ushers to fire the light directly at John & Hannah.
When the weather isn’t on our side, wedding photographer’s are constantly poking their heads out of the window to check on the weather, like school children who can’t go outside to play. At around 8.00pm the wind and rain had dropped slightly and, inspired but he lights of the seafront promenade coming to life and the shimmering quality of the wet roads, I convinced Hannah & John to pop outdoors for a final portrait on the Brighton seafront.