I’m sure that most photographers who have a passion for capturing interesting images of a wedding would agree with me in saying that ‘candid’ or ‘documentary’ or ‘reportage’ (if you want to sound cosmopolitan) is the way to go.
But it does take a leap of faith on the part of the client to just let their photographer ‘get on with it’ and stay out of the way.
And yet so many couple I meet start with the introduction, “we don’t like to have our photographs taken so we don’t want a lot of posed shots”. The fact is, you don’t need to have ANY posed shots.
One approach I have used, on a few occasions, is just to mingle with the guests and I have to say these have given great results. Nothing is posed, nothing is held up waiting for the photographer. The day just flows on as a wedding and not a photoshoot.
If you want posed shots and are comfortable with that then, fine. But if not then just trust your photographer to tell the story of your special day.
By their very nature the ‘getting ready’ shots are best shot from real life … just try asking a busy Make Up Artist or Hairdresser to ‘hold it’ or pose!
As much as I enjoy shooting portraits or wedding photographs in monochrome, there are times when only colour will do. Sometimes rich, other times more subtle.
I’ve just been revisiting some shots and a few stood out as examples of those where I think “only colour will do.” Like many things in photography its entirely down to taste.The wedding photographs of Lana and Andy were taken in Aberdeen and the portrait of Lola, in Portlethen.
I’ll add a few more examples show the importance of colour in my wedding photography later.
Lola in copper light
Or in this case of Dina just walking through a garden, carrying some flowers, on a hot summer’s day. And yet all these colours do not detract our attention from the subject due to her eye contact and beguiling smile.
As far as posing is concerned, all I ask is that you look through the camera lens, smiling is entirely optional.
Its just a fact, some people find it easy to smile, others don’t, everyone is different and a forced smile never looks good.
And some are just naturally curious to see what that photographer is up to.
Everyone has their own unique look so just be confident in being yourself, that’s where true beauty lies.
This classic Austin Six wedding car required some suitably classic treatment. The giant redwood in the background suggested a hot 1930’s California summer wedding rather than our cool autumnal Aberdeen. So I based my styling on the idea of something ‘sunny and vintage’.
Later, the sun went behind a cloud, making Aberdeen more believable but no less enjoyable.
One of my all time favourite wedding shots ….. priceless!
Everyone is a photographer these days and quite right too… and the object of their attention?
Honestly, one of the funniest best man’s Power Point speech ever, at Norwood Hall.
Although the Bride and Groom rightly take centre stage guest photographs are also important. more’s the pity to see so many of these just shot in the same old ‘frozen’ pose. Sometimes there is the excuse ‘I don’t like having my photograph taken.’ Well its hardly surprising when guests are lined up in front of a wall then ‘shot’. There is an alternative, just allow your photographer to mingle with the guests and get some real life photography.
These next 3 were all shot ‘invisibly’and to make my disguise complete I even used an old film camera so no one would pay me any attention as ‘the photographer’.
Ilford XP2 35mm C41 processed.
Ok … what can I say? Just a simple outdoor shot.
Yet the natural lighting was so good that day it almost had a studio feel.
Then out into the sunlight for a paddle on Aberdeen beach, polaroid style.
Followed by some Sepia work.
Then a touch of B&W for good measure.
Finally we did our best to make believe that the Aberdeen beach was warm and exotic! Before hot chocolate in the Inversnecky cafe.
Some quiet family moments after the hurly burly.
Not just for our happy couple and their boys and the other guests.
I also enjoyed the change of tempo and a chance to take some relaxed unposed shots.
Very memorable especially as it was the 12th day of the 12th month in 2012 at Pittodrie House.
My first post, so it was a bit of a test.
Which half explains why a wet black dog is my photo of the day.
Not forgetting the other one, what a lovely pair!
On the other hand it is one of the stand out memories of a bracing December portrait shoot, at sunny Balmedie Beach, with Pat and her family.
just the thing to work up an appetite for lunch at The Cock and Bull Inn.
The Balmedie Dunes provide excellent shelter from the fresh breeze.
The info centre provides a change of background