Are wedding photographers looking all the same to you?
It’s not surprising. With so many photographers doing similar cookie-cutter poses, couples are searching for more significant and meaningful wedding photos.
But photos like that don’t get photographed by accident. You can’t catch fleeting moments by chance. There’s got to be a method to zone in on the right moments as they happen.
Even the tiniest moments.
But when you survey wedding photographers and ask about their methods for getting these spontaneous moments, most will tell you they wing it. That they “just know when it’s right.” Or that they blast a bunch of shots and try to capture the split second moment that way.
But the masters of photography coined a phrase to describe these photos calling them “the decisive moment.”
That’s the single instance when everything comes together to tell a complete story. And that’s the moment they looked to capture in their photos.
And they spoke about how capturing those fleeting moments required observation, patience and impeccable timing.
The difference was they were photographing street scenes and we photograph weddings. So while their photos were about people going about their lives, ours has to do with telling your own personal wedding story.
And I’ve found the key to knowing which moments are the ones to capture to tell a wedding story starts with empathy. The photographer has to feel connected to you, your loved ones and dear friends.
The photographer needs to sense what you sense, feel what you feel, see the wedding events and its participants through your eyes and through those of everyone who’s close to you.
This sounds almost crazy but the wedding photographer needs to feel this is their family they’re photographing to best tell the wedding story with photos.
Here’s why. When the photographer doesn’t have that close bond with you, then he or she is an outside third-party hired hand contracted to snap photos. And they’ll determine what to photograph. And that usually comes from whatever they personally think or based on repeating shots they’ve done before.
But that point of view changes when you and your wedding photographer share a genuine connection. Because the best photos will come from your best moments, and your best moments aren’t going to come from a pre-planned notion of what photos to take. And when your moments happen it isn’t something the photographer has the luxury to think about how to photograph – it has to be captured instantaneously, right as it occurs. The photographer has to automatically know it’s the moment.
So their connection with you becomes the guiding light that has them know and see the right moments to photograph for you.
And from there, then it’s all about their camera skills and ability to capture the fleeting moments they see to get it into the camera.
Do this, and the results will be wedding photos that show what your wedding day felt like.
I can do that for you. Call me at 646-543-1321 or click here to reach out to me with email about your wedding.
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