Are you picky about who’ll be your wedding photographer?
A bride-to-be called me today and explained how she’s picky.
That she’s been looking at wedding photographers but walks away thinking “I could take photos that look like that!”
She feels the wedding photographers she’s seen take rather standard looking pictures anyone can take with an iPhone. There’s nothing special about them. She can’t see the point of giving them her hard earned money for doing not much more than pressing a shutter like anyone else would just to end up with a pile of ordinary uninspired snapshots.
Those wedding photographers obviously get work from couples who aren’t particular about the substance of their photos. Those couples do one of the most tragic things anyone can do with their lives: they settle for the ordinary. So long as there’s a pile of stuff, they’re satisfied. Like filling up on junk food.
Like the $8.95 All You Can Eat place. People patronize those eateries because they can stack food sky high on their plates cheaply enough but nobody ever promised it would taste any good.
An unapologetic picky taste is a good trait to have. It makes you respect yourself. It makes you value yourself.
I believe in being picky. To lead a quality life you need to be particular. You have to be selective about what you choose into your life.
I believe in creating artistic wedding photography crafted from genuine life moments that come straight out of a wedding day. Not contrived poses. Wedding photos that not only look beautiful, but are filled with emotion. Which tell stories. Photos that reflect intimate moments. It’s about having substance. Having values.
Here’s my challenge to you. When you next look at other wedding photographers take a good look at their pictures of couples kissing. Let’s use that as an example. You’re going to notice a ton of shots with the groom’s arms limp and dangling by his sides, showing no passion, as if he’s kissing his sister. It looks unnatural (because it was posed). Or he’ll be doing the old cheesy shot of dipping the bride backwards (that’s posed too). Or it’ll be a closeup and you’ll see the guy’s nose unflatteringly squished up against the bride’s face, tree branch or light pole or window frame or telephone wires sticking out of their heads…
All of them rank ordinary. Those photographers haven’t refined their craft. They don’t know how to make people look great. They don’t know how to photograph the emotion. As they press the shutter they’re not thinking of how they’d like the photo to come out. They haven’t trained their eyes to actually see what they’re looking at. So it comes out however it comes out. And now you’ll never see those wedding photos the same way again.
Compare those to the wedding photo of the couple kissing below. It doesn’t look unnatural. It’s not cheesy. In fact – it’s got passion. Because it’s genuine. The camera position, the lighting, the composition, how they’re framed centered inside the window, the angle of their faces to each other, the look on their faces, the way she’s cupping her hands on his face, drawing in to him…
Here’s the secret:
It’s all the result of me doing intentional things with my camera. And them being in the moment – not the pose.
And me knowing it’s just the right moment to hit the shutter.
Know why this looks better to you?
Because you’re picky. If you weren’t picky then other photographers with their ordinary snapshots of hokey poses, lackluster passion and poor compositional elements would look fantastic to you.
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