If you want your wedding photos to be memorable and conjure up beautiful memories, your wedding photography should capture the candid.
Let’s be honest with each other; you have spent hours upon hours trawling Pinterest in search of wedding photography inspiration. Since the ring made its way onto your finger and you passionately announced: “Yes!” you have visualised yourself and your groom in all manner of posed wedding photos - looking gorgeous, radiating happiness, having the time of your lives.
But there’s something you should know, consider it a secret that brides are rarely privy to before their wedding day:
When you have bid your final guest farewell, indulged in a luxurious honeymoon and returned to your home as husband and wife, it’s the candid wedding photos that you will treasure the most; they tell the honest, heartfelt story of your wedding and that is exactly what you want to remember. You want to be able to flick through your wedding album and witness time and time again the emotion, connection and celebration that really made your day.
There is no denying that fashion-natural, editorial-style and posed portraits have their place in a wedding photo album. They are, without doubt, an essential piece of the photo puzzle. Why? Because the photographer has more control over the final product; he can take the time to guide you into an ideal pose, utilise the best natural lighting conditions and experiment with a variety of angles, ultimately creating a series of beautiful, frame-worthy shots. In the lead up to your wedding day you will have the opportunity to collate your “dream” photos to show your photographer; images that inspire your own wedding album. However, focusing all of your attention and awareness on creating the shot is never a good idea.
The key to creating a beautiful and authentic wedding album? Place all your trust in your wedding photographer; it is their job to capture moments and document the story. Don’t spend your day searching out the camera and striking a pose. Instead, revel in the moment, be the bride and immerse yourself in the joy of your once-in-a-lifetime experience. By doing so you provide your photographer with the opportunity to be the quiet observer; capturing moments that would have otherwise gone unnoticed in the delightful chaos of the day.
If you allow your photographer to do their job, your wedding album will far exceed your expectations. Candid, documentary-style photography is priceless because it can never be replicated. A talented candid photographer is guided by intuition; captures true, heartfelt expressions of pride, nerves, love, joy, elation, hope and promise; every emotion experienced on your wedding day.
Bottom line - Don’t spend your day searching out the camera and striking a pose. Instead, revel in the moment, be the bride and immerse yourself in the joy of your once-in-a-lifetime experience.