Photos for weddings are intended to show special moments in time that need to be captured expertly. And those key moments are always emotion, no matter if it’s wild and happy or joyfully tearful. How does a professional photographer who’s new to the wedding photography industry go about capturing those profoundly emotional wedding moments without necessarily intruding?
Never Manipulate the Emotions
It might be tempting to ask participants in the wedding to put on some emotion to make things easier. That isn’t a good idea, because most people look phony when acting out emotion in front of a camera. The best wedding photography shows genuine emotion that’s captured in the moment. Unless the participants are convincing actors, astute observers will tell if you manipulated your subjects to cry or laugh for the camera.
How do you manage that, though, while letting a natural course of emotional events unfold?
Meet with the Bride and Groom Beforehand
Getting to know your clients before the wedding will be essential in making them comfortable around you. It also gives you chance to learn about the personalities of the bride and groom so you can know what to look for when photographing them at the wedding. By applying a little psychology, you can understand your clients and know when they’re about to react to something that will benefit you capturing the perfect emotion during the big day.
Using a Telephoto Lens to Avoid Intrusion
If your photo subjects can’t relax when you’re in view, seek out some locations where you can be unobtrusive from afar. Use your telephoto lens to capture natural emotions. Be sure to be astute in capturing when the bride and groom see one another for the first time during the wedding. And pick a comfortable spot from a distance to capture the important kiss.
When working with the couple more directly for portraits, you can bring some natural emotion by giving them some time to hold one another to foster a romantic aura. As well, portraits could be done from afar with a good zoom lens and if the couple freezes with your up-front presence.
It’s ultimately a closely collaborative process for the photographer when working with participants of a wedding. If you’ve just opened a photography business, you now have the basics in how relationships with your customers always matter in capturing unique wedding emotions that are frequently all too fleeting.