When thinking of wedding photography, the type of images that come to mind immediately are portraits of the bride and groom, group shots of family and friends, cutting the cake and so on. These posed shots have become tradition and many people wouldn’t dream of a owning a wedding album without them. While these images have their place in a final edit of wedding photographs, it is necessary that you understand the importance of candid photography and how it brings a photo album together. In this article I will discuss a few reasons why I think candid photography is relevant, and how it has become more relevant in recent years.
Having practiced candid photography in the forms of street photography and photojournalism during my degree, I am keen to support it’s use. But I am alone in my opinion that it works great with wedding photography. It is evident in most modern wedding photographers portfolios.
A common thing wedding photographers hear when being interviewed for a job is ‘we are looking for a relaxed, unobtrusive photographer’. The easiest way to be relaxed and unobtrusive as a wedding photographer is to stay in the background, observe the event and take candid shots. Being in the background creates an environment people are comfortable with and that is exactly the kind of environment you need to create at somebodies wedding.
When people who have recently attended a wedding are looking through the wedding album for the first time, the candid images are the ones that they stop to look at and get excited about. This is all because they never knew of the image beforehand and weren’t aware of it being taken. These images tell the story of the day. guests appear in real situations, laughing, chatting, enjoying themselves. The photograph is taken rather than made.
Even during posed shots the candid element often comes into play. For example, when the bride and groom are having their photographs taken and the photographer is giving them orders to smile, kiss, look this way, that way etc. it is usually the shots taken in between these moments that really capture the moment. The moment where the bride and groom share an embarrassed giggle will often make the edit and embarrassment is the very reason candid photography is such a useful tool. People don’t like posing for the camera. It makes them uncomfortable and too much of it can ruin the experience.
These days everyone is a photographer. At any given wedding at least 70% of the guests will be carrying cameras and due to the rapid advances in digital photography in recent years they will be pretty good cameras too. You can assume as a wedding photographer that most of these guests will be taking posed shots. This gives you the freedom to take a step back, capture the events as they unfold and create photographs which tell a story. In doing so you know you can present the newly-weds with a modern photo album full of variety and exciting surprises.
My name is Luke Stanton and I’m a qualified wedding photographer based in Swansea, South Wales. Find our more about my Swansea wedding photographer services.I have a fresh and contemporary approach to taking photographs and can adapt to suit whatever style you desire on your special day.
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