Keith Appleby is the founder of Keith Appleby Photography (applebyphotography.com), and captures everything from small London parties to elaborate destination weddings.
TO GET THE PERFECT PHOTO, I’LL TAKE 3,000 SNAPS AT A TYPICAL 150-PERSON WEDDING
His takes about two days to edit, with a couple eventually having about 800 pictures to choose from. On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve done a three-day multi-event wedding for 450 guests in Marrakech with four photographers where we came back with 36,000 images. It took an editor two weeks to edit down for albums.
London Parties To Elaborate Destination Weddings Photo Gallery
YOU ONLY GET ONE CHANCE TO GET THE SHOT
You can’t leave anything to chance – I take two sets of cameras and accessories so if anything goes wrong, there’s always a back-up. I oten travel abroad for weddings, sometimes not getting to bed until 6am and then having to be ready for action at the post-wedding brunch. Berocca’s my saviour.
AND WHY THESE MADE THE ALBUM DAY ONE
Japanese sashimi table Keith says: ‘This was at the welcome buffet – one of eight food stations – on the first day of the three-day wedding. The food not only looked incredible, but it was lit to bring out the richness of the orchids and sashimi, giving it real drama.’
Tribal musicians ‘When the bride and groom arrived at the Persian Evening, the night before the wedding, they were greeted by local tribal dancers. These moments are over quickly for the couple so it’s important to capture the energy for them to look back on.’
The ceremony ‘It’s vital to get the scale of a wedding and its sense of theatre, so we cover all angles – there were four photographers dotted around the aisle. I always think, “What’s going to happen in the next five minutes?” and ensure I’m there to get the photo.’
MY AIM IS TO CAPTURE A MOMENT
With formal line-ups, the key is to get everyone relaxed so the pictures don’t look stif. But most of my photography is reportage and I focus on catching a moment, an emotion.
THE DANCING SHOTS ARE ALWAYS THE MOST CHALLENGING
A spinning couple isn’t the easiest to capture and out of every 50 shots, only one might be good. But that one is super-special – where you get that movement, that non-posed magic.
INSIDER TIP: THINK ABOUT HOW YOU’RE GOING TO DISPLAY PICS AFTERWARDS
Don’t just ask for them on a USB stick (as a lot of people do) and then shove it in a drawer – photo books and albums needn’t cost a lot, but they ensure you have your photos in a format you’ll treasure forever.
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