A P H Y TIME + MEMORIES The city is not timeless, so capture that. Cars, buildings,
advertisements and the like are always changing. Capture the present,
because what might be the everyday now may be iconic in the
future. There is always something new to see, whether it is a modern
building, fresh graffiti or perhaps a temporary art installation. Also
keep your eyes open for ways to add historical context and memories
to a photograph, such as a building known to the couple but soon to
be demolished, or even a detail like the year on a billboard.
“on their way to their venue, this couple wanted their portrait
in front of this cinema readograph—with the day and year, it
commemorates the importance of the date.”
—the hendrys | brixton, london
LEADING LINES +
Swap tree lines for subways! Lines are everywhere in the city: roads,
bridges, walls—all of these can add a sense of dynamism to an image.
Like the view from a mountain, you can go high in the city to create
scale. Think about rooftops, bridges and areas elevated from street
level. This not only gives images a sense of expansion, it’s also a great
opportunity to showcase the city where the couple have chosen to wed.
“get access to a rooftop. i love how this can incorporate scale
and drama. this image is one of those that i’ll always love, as the
couple looks super stylish and…on top of the world, so to speak!”
—amber gress | bushwick, brooklyn, ny
a moment in time with simon and chris in east london’s mile
end district. this is a busy cycle path in london, with a
traffic-heavy road running above. tight framing and timing (in
between cyclers!) give a sense of whimsy and dynamism.
Unlike the countryside, color in the city can seem clashing and
discordant. Color is everywhere—doorways, street art, road markings—
so learn to accept and take advantage of this, as it can bring an
ordinary scene to life and make your photos pop.
we drove past this door—in haggerston, east london—saw
the color and had to stop i love the turquoise and the
graphical 2d effect on the door, providing a perfect frame
and a pop of color.
techniques in practice