If you’ve had a look around my website, you might have noticed that there’s a lot of black and white photographs knocking around. Well, that’s because I bloody love black and white photography! If you’d like to know why, then keep reading…
When I look at most of the photo books on my shelf, and the kinds of photographs I’m really drawn to, black and white definitely ranks highly.
I’m sure that you can quickly pull up images in your mind that are powerful black and white photographs. But there’s a lot more to black and white photography than just the lack of color.
Firstly, black and white photographs can catch your eye simply because it’s a different way of looking at the world. It’s not how we normally see things. And, by default, it’s not how our cameras see things either.
My job as a wedding photographer is, not only to document whats going on, but to present the image in a way that holds the viewers attention and represents the scene in the best possible way. And black and white photography is a very powerful way to do that.
Black and white photography also goes as far back as photography itself. This rare, unbroken line gives black and white photographs a completely timeless feel.
Finally, and most importantly for me, a lack of colour simplifies the frame.
In a busy image, colour can be a distraction. When you remove that distraction, the attention of the person looking at that photograph is focused on the subject of the image. And that can have a huge impact on storytelling!
When I’m editing photographs from a wedding, if an image has colour as a core feature, then it usually remains in colour. But, if an image is features emotion or human interaction, then I will normally edit it as a black and white photograph. This way, the love, laughter and happiness within an image can be felt much stronger by the viewer.
Do you also shoot in colour?
This is one of the questions that I get asked a lot after couples have seen my black and white wedding photography. The answer is, of course, yes. Whilst around 60% of my final output is black and white, there is always going to be colour photographs too.
Although this blog post is all about my love of black and white wedding photography, you check out my portfolio page for more examples of my colour work.
Ultimately, the images have to resonate with you. As a photographer, I want to see genuine emotion in as many of my images as possible.
And for you, the bride and groom, I want you to be able to look back at your wedding photographs in twenty, thirty, fourty or, even, fifty years time, and be reminded of the real moments and events that unfolded at your wedding with the people you care about the most.
Now keep scrolling for a selection of some of my favourite black and white wedding photographs.