Do you remember the standard wedding poses of another era: the bridal party all lined up in a row and the bride and groom looking stiff and formal? Wedding photography has become much more creative and what is important to anyone looking for a wedding photographer is that they find someone whose style matches what they are looking for. What used to be standard and predicable is now a creative process that involves spontaneity and fun. That’s what I love about wedding photography. I love to capture the moments: the bride looking at her parents as she walks down the aisle, the love between a bride and groom as they get married and the fun after the ceremony when everyone feels a lot more relaxed and free.
How to capture that fun and the happiness is an essential skill of a wedding photographer. Often what actually looks spontaneous has been set up in order to capture precious moments. I believe that you need to give people something to do in order for them to feel free and relaxed. Some of these things can be simply walking down an interesting street; it can be the groomsmen lifting the bride up into the air, or it can be the bride and groom pretending to dance in a meadow. All of these actions and others lead to the spontaneity that I love to capture.
Here are some examples:
This is an example of the groomsmen lifting the bride. Don’t you love their expressions?
This image also has an artistic action applied to it.
In this image the bride and groom were told to simply pull towards each other. I love the background in this one. It’s an old train station in Alberta.
An intimate conversation between a bride and groom or just a pretend one? Hard to know, don’t you think? I wonder what they were discussing.
These very fun groomsmen knew how to ham it up. You can see how they all got into the spirit of the day.
Four different spots, four different “posed” photojounalistic images. What they do have in common is that they look real, not set up, and that the people in them are having a great time.
That’s it for today. I’m in Calgary right now. If you are wanting to contact me, please send me an email. I am checking my email regularly. It’s firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be back in a few days. By the way, the sun is shining here and it’s shirt sleeve weather. Very lovely.