Over the past several decades, wedding albums have gone through numerous changes and additions. Trends and traditions take part in deciding what should be included in the wedding album and today, a late trend of snapping details in between actions and activities have been on the rise.
You have probably shot multiple weddings, tens of wedding dresses and uncountable guests. It’s time to start looking at things more meticulously; rather than expecting the same thing, notice what makes your current client ‘them’.
When she’s wearing that pair of gloves or her shoes, when the groom is buttoning up, styling up his hair or tying his shoes, all these little details seem trivials. But when you are shooting, especially in reportage or jounalism style, these little movements add up to the story.
Also, instead of arranging rings and shoes in a nice way, shoot them like how they were put in the room. Aside from being truly original, the aesthetic element is one thing that cannot be copied or done any other way.
Anticipating is not enough; you need to be in the party yourself. It does not mean that you eat, drink and dance with the guests, but you have to follow and mentally enjoy the party yourself. Using camera with quick shutters will help you in capturing moments that is only a fleeting moment long.
Maybe you’ve noticed a guest with unique hairstyle or outfit. Whilst going around the room, you want to pay attention to what the guest is up to and finally, snap that candid shot of them dancing, laughing or simply sipping delightfully a glass of high class wine.
Not too close
To be able to capture the big picture, you cannot stand too close. Fleeting moments don’t last long enough for you to move up and adjust your lenses. The moment you can expect something to happen, move out of the frame and ready to aim.
The idea here is to always on the move; as a wedding photographer Hampshire, you won’t and shouldn’t force yourself upon one perception of an event over and over again. Backing up to get a wider view of the party might gives you the chance to snap a hidden gem that otherwise can’t be seen in close proximity.
When you miss
However, the are times when you will miss something. But the party shall go on, and as a wedding photographer Hampshire, you need to keep on the move to look for the next thing to happen and to wait. What makes the party happen and the way it is, isn’t how the tables are arranged, how the bouquet has been tied, or even how the wedding dress looks like. It’s the changes the people involved that made the party so exciting, memorable and precious. Without the bride walking and dancing in it, that dress is just a dress. Without toasting, the glasses and wine does not mean a thing. And without a ragged breathing between the couple and a smile on their faces, the kiss won’t look half as good as it could be.