I recently wrote a post giving a heads up on 17 mistakes photographers make on wedding photos.
Know what all those mistakes have in common?
Light poles coming out of people’s heads, uneven lighting on faces, cameras aimed at crotches, all that…
They’re all **technical** errors.
But even if a photographer is technically excellent, there’s still ONE non-technical mistake a lot of them make that ruins your coverage.
Namely, when they MISS the best moments.
Getting the moment before or the moment after — doesn’t have the same impact.
The right exact moment is the “Decisive Moment” – that one instant where everything comes together. It’s the most powerful moment.
If you miss it, the moment’s gone. Forever.
So you have to be VERY skilled at capturing it because it happens in a lightning fast split second.
But here’s the thing:
HOW can the photographer know when that moment’s going to suddenly appear out of nowhere?
You can’t capture spontaneous moments if you don’t have a method for doing it. You can’t wing it and hope for the best.
So what tried and true method does the photographer use that guarantees they’ll get your very best moments, your decisive moments, as they happen?
That’s a real good question to ask photographers when you interview them, don’t you think?
Because, you see, the reason so many photographers miss decisive moments is because their method is they wait UNTIL they see it happen. And THEN they take the photo.
So of course they miss the moment because by the time they take the picture, the moment’s already happened.
They’re taking the photo AFTER they see the moment happen, not AS it happens.
The difference in this timing makes ALL the difference.
When the photographer gets that timing wrong here’s what happens:
Your mom glances with a quick adoring look as you’re walking down the aisle in all your splendor…
Your dad while he’s dancing with you later that night and a tear comes down his eye?
Your grandmother sees you in your dress and the moment she’s moved and places her hand on her heart?
And to make up for all these moments they missed guess what your photographer’s going to give you instead to make up the slack?
Lots of cookie-cutter routine posed pictures of you smiling for the camera… posy shots… stock shots… duplicates and triplicates repeating the same shots…
…and lots of shots of the moment before and of the moment after.
Anyhow, my tried and true method works to get decisive, real unique moments which my wedding clients can tell you thrill them.
Makes them rave about it saying things like this:
“GOOSEBUMPS!! The man is awesome at seeing fleeting moments and capturing them. We’re overjoyed!” – Rebecca, married October 5, 2013.
Once you’re my client you’ll be that thrilled too.
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