Last Sunday (12th November) my Wife and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. I wanted to do something small to document the day photographically.
We had already been out and celebrated on the Saturday night, so we decided Sunday evening we would celebrate by having “a few drinks” at home in the living room. If history has taught me anything at all, it’s the fact that I know a “few drinks” is never really a “few drinks”. On these occasions it often looks like our living room has a had a head on crash with a pub.
I decided it would be really cool for us to have a few drinks and then get changed into our Wedding Day smarts and get a shot. That was really my only plan. So after a few drinks, and definitely feeling a little worse for wear I set the camera up in the living room on a tripod and programmed it to take a photograph every 5 minutes. I didn’t use any lights or camera flashes as I didn’t want anything to feel intrusive.
I ended up with about 20 different shots, and this is one of my favourite ones. It’s not lit perfectly, far from it, and in all honesty it’s probably not an image I’d use in my portfolio, but I love it. I think it’s a fun memory to keep from our evening. It captures a moment, a moment where we’re drinking and having fun. In some ways I think the image sums up our last twelve months really perfectly.
It is ironically, what photography is often all about for me. A five minute set up and a second on the shutter for a memory that will last a lifetime.
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