The Perfect Moment
Wedding photography forms part of my work as a professional photographer. I approach it in a photojounalsitic style (also called Ducumentary or reportage wedding photography) This is candid and spontaneous with only a little prompting here and there to help create some more exclusive moments. Unusual angles and backgrounds make things look even better.
One of the most important things for me is to make the bride and groom feel relaxed about my presence and not to regiment things too much. To be honest I find in most weddings things are progressing at such a fast pace the couple have little time to worry about what I am doing which makes it all the more important for me to be unobtrusive. My preparations start well in advance of the wedding day by offering the couple what I call the ‘Getting to know Us” photoshoot. I find this especially helpful for many brides and grooms who may be a little camera shy. They then become more familiar with who I am and the way I work as a photographer. I am no longer a stranger on their wedding day.
Similarly, I often try to attend the wedding rehearsal itself. This helps break down a few barriers for the families, best men and bridesmaids and gets them used to my presence before the wedding day.
Most wedding photographers these days work using digital cameras which give more opportunity to explore different lighting options and expand their creative skills. During a wedding I am always looking for those out of ther ordinary special moments that occur. My focus for 90% of the time of course will be on the Bride. After all she is the centre of attention from wake up call on the morning of the wedding.
My day starts by gathering together all the equipment I could possibly need on a wedding shoot. From my very first ever wedding shoot I decided that two cameras were essential. I remember thinking “what will I do if this one camera in my hand stops working” if that happens for whatever reason then you are scuppered and can look very foolish. So far thank goodness this has not happened to me but I have read stories of this actually happening to other photographers on several occassions. Above everything else it is most important to make absolutely sure that both cameras are working, fitted with clean disks with plenty of memory and all the batteries charged up ready to go. On a full day I could be taking between 500 and 1000 shots.
The day is arguably the most important day of the brides life where she has her hair styled, make up done and will be wearing a very very special dress. It’s the same all over the world, this is a natural globally cultural process to impress the man in her life. Even in the natural world animals often go through these impressive courting rituals where either male or the female or both go to great lengths to impress.
My main aim as a photographer therefore is to get enough good images to show her off to her new husband, her friends and her family in the best possible way that I can on the day. There’s no second chances (usually) Sometimes the final results can be influenced by weather and venue but ultimately its about capturing those extra special moments that can show her off at her best.
Once I have all the digital images downloaded onto my computer there starts the lengthly process (many hours) of painstaking editing. Some of the results are included here. As you will see I do like converting some of the images into Black and white or monochrome and also try to use my creative skills to produce something more than a straight forward photograph.