As a wedding photographer you need a variety of photography skills to be able to document the story of a wedding day. At some points during the day you need to have a photojournalistic approach to grab those special candid moments. Other times you need to know how to take great landscape and architectural shots to set the scene for the wedding day. Macro photography skills are needed for intricate shots of the detail that has gone into planning the wedding. And even knowledge of how to light a plate of food, to make it look as tasty as it actually tastes, is necessary.
These individual skills can quite often lead to assignments other than wedding photography. One such opportunity I recently had was to photograph the building progress of 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London (aka the “Walkie Talkie”) for the Canary Wharf group. As my love for wedding photography was born from my time spent taking photographs of landscapes and cityscapes, I thoroughly enjoyed taking on this brief. I had a very early morning start to make the most of a few predicted hours of sunshine before the rain clouds rolled in over London, however it is was totally worth it. I was greatly rewarded with beautiful golden morning light reflecting off the building, and lighting up all the sights along the Thames. I even managed to get one of my favourite shots to date of Tower Bridge (the London landmark for which I have a very special fondness), as well as a shot of an empty Leadenhall Market.
Below are some photos from the morning – you can see the building work progress on the crown of the Walkie Talkie. I am very much looking forward to see it in its completed state – especially looking forward to see the “floating” roof gardens that will be the highest in Europe!