The reception had just ended. Guests lined up under the archways as the bride and groom ran to the car. Some of the wedding party held umbrellas, protecting them from the drizzle. The groom reached for his bride as she stepped into the vintage Rolls Royce, lifting her dress off the wet sidewalk. Click.
That’s only part of the story. In reality, an entire entourage: several groomsmen, the driver, another photographer, an entire video crew, and myself were surrounding the car—all trying to stay out of each other’s shots. And, we were hurrying to keep the newlyweds and our gear dry.
The only available light was from a few street lamps and the video light, off to my right. To compensate for the darkness I selected a rather slow shutter speed, risking motion blur. Rain was hitting the lens, creating spots. It was hardly a decent situation for shooting.
I clicked the shutter and moved around the car getting more shots. Not thinking much of it. Later, when I saw the image again during editing, I almost threw it out—it was slightly blurry, her face wasn’t visible, and the streetlights gave it a weird orange tone. Yet I couldn’t. I liked it too much.
Technically, it’s nowhere close to perfection, but people are drawn to it. Couples always seem to mention it, “The one of the bride getting into the car...” One bride saw it on a marketing piece and said it’s the reason she emailed me. It’s a constant reminder to keep photographing. Even when the conditions aren’t right.