St.James’s Wedding Portrait by London reportage wedding photographer, Bob Owen.
Occasionally at weddings I come across folk who can be a little reluctant to be photographed but whose faces are so full of character I just have to persevere until I capture an image.
As a documentary or reportage photographer, it’s important that guests don’t become schooled that every time they see me, they feel that they must smile or act up for the camera, it’s the antithesis of what I’m about.
Guests are taking those photographs for themselves using their phones and compact cameras after all. I actively discourage that approach, in a friendly and diplomatic way of course, but it’s really important to get that across as it can detract from my main role of observing and documenting the wedding. It’s candid moments I set out to record, not the guys striking a pose.
The vast majority of people I photograph won’t be looking at the camera or even see me photographing them, however, every now and then I come across someone who is so confident and with such an arresting gaze that I really have to ensure they’re photographed as in this wedding portrait.
This gentleman is Tariq Ali, academic and author at a recent wedding in St.James’s London.