I was reading a USA TODAY story where an
Indonesian island filled with monkeys found
a camera and took pictures of themselves.
Who knew any monkey can take a decent candid?
Somewhere along the path to finding the world’s
best wedding photographer you’re going to say
“I want my moments captured” and the photographers
will say back to you “yes I take candids”
And when you look at their photos you’ll see yes
indeedy they seem to get candids but here’s the thing
all you need to do to get a candid is:
1. aim a camera at a wedding and
2. press the shutter.
Point, shoot. Just like those monkeys do.
But aiming a camera at the RIGHT moment…
snapping the trigger at the BEST split-second to capture –
We’re talking about literally grabbing a second of time
out of real life and it has emotion, action, contains
just the right story-telling elements…
…and looks good too…
and getting it right in the camera.
oh my goodness that’s way more difficult and takes
far more skill than any monkey with a camera has.
And, also a lot of wedding photographers.
Because wedding moments have a knack of
popping up spontaneously without a script.
And they’re always fleeting. They only last a
few seconds. And poof! then they’re gone. Forever.
It’s just so much simpler to STAGE a shot than it is
to develop the skills it takes to capture an
unplanned moment and get it in camera the
split second it happens.
Not to mention it can take YEARS to hone that
kind of skill.
And most photographers today have been at it for
less than five years.
Which is exactly one reason why…
you see so many tons of staged cookie-cutter shots
at every wedding instead. People posing for the camera.
Taking photos kind of the same way monkeys do.
Okay, that was the lesson for today about
what to look for in a worthwhile photographer.
Though it turns out “point, shoot” is good
enough for 93% of wedding couples.
(Oh, they may say they want a photographer with
the mad skills to capture their best moments
but they don’t bother doing much to get that
The other 7%?
They want better than that. And take action to
get that photographer.
If you’re looking at wedding photographers and
they’re all looking the same to you, then you might
be one of the 7%.
In which case you might be wanting to meet with
a somewhat more evolved photographer.
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