Judging from the number of calls I get, more and more NYC wedding couples (and couples from elsewhere) are realizing their hunger to have a wedding photographer capable of going with the flow of the wedding, capturing organic moments.
They say a good wedding photographer anticipates what may happen so they’re ready with the camera when and if it does.
But I’ve found while you’re anticipating that next moment you also at the same time have to remain in the moment. Or you’ll miss it because your focus was anticipating on the wrong place. That moment you’re anticipating? It may never even happen. And if you’re anticipating something, it means whatever moment you’re expecting is obvious because it can be anticipated.
But life is unscripted. And the moments we don’t anticipate, because it’s impossible to anticipate them, are ones which are unique and meaningful, filled with whimsy or sentiment. Those moments make up most of the wedding day.
So instead of anticipating you need to be very, very aware of everything happening around you. And I mean around you. Such as behind you. To this side. The other side. Because the next great moment may happen there. And if you’re like many photographers who fix on an anticipated moment, you miss a good number of those real moments happening behind your back. Because let’s face it, if you’re thick in the middle of things watching for photo opportunities, that means the majority of spontaneous wedding moments are instantaneously popping up anywhere but right smack conveniently in front of you.
Here are some organic moments which happened off to the side and behind me.
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