The brief the bride gave us for their wedding was: green grass. That was almost the only thing she wanted for their wedding portraits. So we decided not to go to the Castle ruin where a few previous couples who got married in the same church went, and decided instead to take a taxi to Leazes Park.
Leazes Park is right in the middle of Newcastle. I know I said the same thing about Jesmond Dene before. But Jesmond Dene is still two metro stops away, Leazes Park does not need the metro to be reached at all. It was opened in 1873. There is grass, woods and even a lake. Lovely spot.
So let’s go back to the topic of green grass. Since this is England, green grass is in almost unlimited supply. We went to Leazes Park in advance and found a few nice potential spots. However, on Daniel and Amber’s Wedding day, it rained. Not a storm or hurricane, it just drizzled decisively and continuously.
I have to say I really admired the bride’s patience. I would have sulked REAL bad if my wedding photos were going to be all taken in a grey industrial warehouse looking building (it was a power station for trams) while my dream setting would be on fresh green grass! But she was smiling like a princess saying, “we probably can’t go out then, that’s a shame.”
We tried a few places indoors. I wasn’t great because of the lighting, but to my great relief, I’m pleasantly surprised with the result.
So, the wedding day ended in the rain and the couple were due to fly to China for their Chinese wedding in a couple of weeks. After a few days, we heard from them and they would like an extra session in Leazes Park. So one evening, Daniel and Amber appeared at the gate of Leazes Park in their full wedding outfits, capturing people’s full attention all around the Park.
This is one of my favourites (above). I once read a magazine saying, what is a professional photographer? He should be able to recreate an image he’s happy with, again and again. I agree. I’m definitely not professional enough in that sense. Because for me, as a photographer I’m more of a recorder than a creator. I can see good images, either beautiful or story-telling. I do not deliberately create images (I’d like to try!). But even a professional photographer cannot recreate an image like this one. Because the lighting was created by THE Creator and sent right in front of me.
The light was amazing just before sunset. It reached its best here (above).
We played with the wide angle lens. I quite like the result.
We finished our shooting in about an hour. The light went softer and colder. The rapid changing in the light gave us a lot of opportunities and challenges. Overall, we’re pleased with the result.
Daniel and Amber disappeared in another taxi. We’re glad Amber’s wishes were realised.