How I Documented the Making of a Marriage ceremony Costume

How I Documented the Making of a Marriage ceremony Costume

How I Documented the Making of a Marriage ceremony Costume

Having been a marriage photographer for the previous fifteen years, I’ve seen my fair proportion of white marriage ceremony attire, however earlier than specializing in weddings, I used to be lucky sufficient to achieve slightly expertise within the vogue trade, capturing for magazines, working backstage at vogue exhibits, and protecting each London and Paris Trend Weeks.

These early experiences in my profession, paired with a broader curiosity in documentary images, have meant that for a very long time I’ve wished to document the method of creating a marriage costume, from the design stage by means of to the marriage day itself.

Quick ahead to 2019, and my preliminary name with Emily and Lewis about their marriage ceremony images, and Emily occurred to say that her mom could be making her marriage ceremony costume for her. After all, I noticed my alternative and requested in the event that they’d be all in favour of me documenting the method. It helped that each bride and groom are additionally extremely inventive and will see the potential within the challenge.

In addition to capturing between 30-40 weddings annually, I love to do these sorts of private tasks once in a while. Beforehand I’ve made portraits of the longest-married couple at every marriage ceremony I shot that specific 12 months, and I additionally did a challenge wherein I photographed newly engaged {couples}, at one of many large marriage ceremony gala’s in London.

I see these utterly self-funded tasks as a throwback to the kind of tasks I’d do at artwork school. I really feel it’s necessary to push myself creatively, with the shackles off from my regular marriage ceremony work, and I’d encourage any skilled photographers who could also be studying this, to do the identical.


From a technical viewpoint, I wished to method this specific challenge with an open thoughts, and with no preconceived concepts. I wished the challenge to evolve naturally in response to what I used to be photographing, and experiment with a variety of various cameras and methods. My solely constraints have been that I wished the challenge to be in black and white. I felt that this could convey cohesion to the sequence as an entire, and I knew I wished to current the photographs in ebook type.

A lot of the challenge was shot digitally (extra in regards to the cameras I used beneath) however I additionally wished to return to capturing on movie and printing within the darkroom. I shot on Ilford Delta 3200 in order that there was a transparent distinction between the digital photographs and the grain of analog movie.

An necessary a part of the challenge for me was the postproduction. The challenge, and certainly the marriage itself, have been delayed by the COVID pandemic, and through my visits to {photograph} the costume being made, I spotted what an fascinating household historical past there was, and the way this was made seen across the dwelling. I wished to incorporate these components so as to add context to the work, but in addition to get away from the strict linear/chronological method wherein documentary images is often offered, and I wished to embrace picture manipulation too.

There are examples within the ebook of photomontage, photograms, and portray with developer resolution.


Inspiration for the challenge got here in lots of kinds, from the documentary work of photographers like Eve Arnold and William Klein to the creativity of Nick Knight and his influential SHOWstudio web site.

Eve Arnold was one in all my very earliest influences. I’ve all the time been struck by her compassion, consciousness, and sensitivity that comes by means of in her photos, and having been fortunate sufficient to have a few of my work featured on SHOWstudio, I’ve all the time adopted Nick Knight’s profession intently, and have all the time been amazed by his willingness to experiment and push the medium of images.

One of many preliminary triggers for the challenge nevertheless was seeing Nick Waplington’s “Working Course of” exhibited on the Tate Gallery, wherein Waplington had documented the preparation of Alexander McQueen’s Horn of Lots vogue assortment in 2009. I like the variety of Waplington’s follow.


All of the digital photographs within the ebook and nearly all of pictures from the marriage day have been made on my Sony A9, however it appears to me that with the developments in digicam expertise of late, has additionally come a sort of predictability. I wished due to this fact to introduce a component of probability and serendipity again into the method, which I believe goes hand in hand with the delayed gratification of capturing on movie, utilizing outdated lenses, and printing within the darkroom.

I shot with my grandfather’s outdated Zeiss Ikon SLR, which is the very first digicam that launched me to images, and shot on a disposable digicam and Polaroid.

I additionally wished to make it possible for I used my lovely giant format digicam, a classic Ansco 4×5, which I imagine dates again to the Fifties. Working with giant format is a sluggish course of, and so there is just one very rigorously staged picture within the ebook. The adverse has been drum scanned to extract as a lot element and dynamic vary from the adverse as doable.

E book Design and Printing

I believe it’s the ambition of each photographer to supply at the very least one ebook of their profession, and I’m definitely no completely different! I had underestimated simply how lengthy it could take although, and it was a steep studying curve, however finally very rewarding when a double-page unfold comes collectively.

I used to be clear from the outset that I didn’t need the ebook to resemble a marriage album. As a substitute, I wished to take my cue from the picture books and artist monographs that I’ve collected through the years. The method started by making 6×4 inch prints of every part I’d shot, earlier than both montaging photographs collectively in Photoshop or placing them straight into Pixellu’s Sensible Albums design software program.

Some photographs have been ultimately dropped from the ultimate edit, earlier than making an A4 measurement maquette, and Queensberry, who printed the ebook, very kindly made take a look at prints that I used to be in a position to lay out throughout the ground, in an effort to work out the sequencing.

The ultimate ebook is a 14×10 inch portrait format ebook, printed on Queensberry’s Tintoretto paper which has a fantastic watercolor texture to it.

Concerning the creator: David Weightman is a marriage photographer primarily based in Surrey, UK. You will discover extra of his work on his web site, Instagram, and Fb.

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