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!