A big complaint couples have is when their wedding photographer didn’t get one decent photo of a loved one but got 1,000 angles of the bride’s shoes.
There’s a prioritizing of detail shots like that because wedding blogs (and bridal magazines) popularized showing details as that’s what brings in views for them as brides search the internet for ideas. So photographers hungry to get their photos publicized spend a disproportional amount of time at weddings grabbing tons of detail shots to get material to submit to blogs – but that’s not what wedding photos are really about.
Years later a bride doesn’t open her wedding album to fawn lovingly over the rhinestones on her shoes.
Sure I photograph details – of course! – but I can’t see a bride’s grandparent, father, mother or other loved one as some necessary evil to reluctantly photograph in lieu of getting a zillion shoe shots. And yes, I’ve read posts by photographers on pro photography forums where they write with a tone of disdain how they’re not interested in photographing family moments, ignoring them to go after the table setup details instead. I can’t comprehend the mentality of those photographers who feel that way. They feel the wedding exists for their portfolio’s purposes, and not for the couple’s interests.
But I’m there to document the wedding couple’s lives. Trends of details will change but our human, natural longing to keep connected with our loved ones, to remember them, if only with a meaningful photo, grows as time, distance, life and death separates us. This is the true value of having photographs.