I just returned to the UK yesterday. I’m not in the UK for very long so I decided to put up an early post of a wedding I shot earlier this year. The betrothed couple featured in today’s images are from Zimbabwe. In the past, I have shot a hybrid of a Zimbabwean/Nigerian/Jamaican/Brazilian wedding but not anything where I’ve not been able to predict what was going on. This however was very new territory for me. I found it quite exciting to cover something different for a change, and it definitely tested my resolve on many fronts.
On the technical side, I decided to shoot this using a set of Speedlites off camera mounted on tripods and triggered using an ST-E2 wireless trigger. It was the only way I could capture the emotion and the display at the reception dinner and dance (the dancing in particular, as there was so much fast movement).
Shooting weddings from the southern part of Africa is very different from shooting West African weddings. For one, Aso-Ebi is not worn at their events and therefore it’s a bit more difficult to distinguish who is who at the wedding as it would be in most West African weddings. Also I must say that the guests are relatively laidback in comparison, so I found it a little easier to work with them (not that it’s difficult working with my W.African brothers and sisters, it just requires a more aggressive approach in that case). Overall, documenting this wedding was a very interesting and enlightening experience!
This event was shot by one photographer. Enjoy!