Most brides book their wedding photographer requesting “fly on the wall”, “candid”, “spontaneous” and “informal” photography. However, most, when push comes to shove, want most of the standard shots as well!
For example, cake cutting, signing the register, groups with family etc.
So, how can the photographer do it all?
One of the any techniques we teach on a Barrett & Coe wedding photography course covers this aspect of wedding photography by breaking the “candid” shots down as follows:
1. From a posed shot
Once you have quickly posed a shot turn away making An excuse that you have to make a technical adjustment and informal things will begin to happen eg. The bride and groom start to kiss, people laugh and talk and you can take photographs whilst they do not know you are clicking the shutter. This will produce delightful, informal images that contrary to most informal shots have good composition and lighting.
These shots are where the photographer directs the shots and makes something happen eg. The groom giving the bride a piggy back, the couple plus bridesmaids and ushers, best man running Cross the lawn hand in hand. By looking at other photographers images
it is possible to find many different variations of shots that can be used under this heading.
3. Cocktail party shots
Whilst guests are having drinks and canapés it is possible to circulate amongst the guests and taking small groups with drinks in their hands. It is essential that the shot is taken quickly and that they are all looking towards the camera. The best phrase to help you achieve this is ” the bride would like a picture for her album”. It is very difficult for anyone, even after a few drinks, to refuse this request.
A wedding album can be greatly enhanced by adding inset shots to some of the pages ie. champagne glasses, shoes, veils, flowers, order of service, table settings etc.
Where most photographers fail with real reportage shots is in their mindset. Reportage photography is jot just picking up a digital camera and snapping a away. Great reportage wedding photographers are few and far between. Reportage wedding photography is more difficult than any other part of wedding skill set. It requires anticipation, speed of thought, and quick reactions. It’s a bit like sports photography. The acid test is when one looks at your reportage is to ask yourself the question: could a guest have taken this image? If they could, you have failed.
All of this and much, much more can be learnt in detail on our next wedding photography course starting on July 20th, call 01603 629739 to book
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