The story behind the photo with Greg Thurtle

This week, wedding photographer Greg Thurtle tells us the story behind his photo featuring the colour red. We’ve put together this series of interviews to share a wide range of photos that feature the colour red in support of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Red for Heart photography competition.

Greg Thurtle wedding photo

When and where was this photo taken?

This photo was taken on a real wedding where I had a bit of time with the bride and groom en route from the church (in Witchampton) to the wedding breakfast - so whilst we were shooting against the stunning scenery I saw this postbox and thought...why not?

What kit was used to create this image?

This was shot with a Canon 1Ds MK III, Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L USM lens and the PocketWizard FlexTT5 and MiniTT1 were used to light the postbox and wedding couple from behind.

What effect do you think using the colour red has had on this image?

I think the colour red makes this image stand out and brighter than the usual wedding image.

What do you like about this shot?

I love the different nature of this image, it's not like most wedding images and the bright red makes it.

What (if anything) would you go back and change if you could take this photo again?

I'd build up the wicker fence so it's a bit higher next time :)

If you missed them, you can find the previous week’s Story Behind the Photo posts here:

To find out more about the Red for Heart photography competition visit

Greg Thurtle is a wedding photographer based in Dorset, you can find out more about him here.