There’s a lot of Olympic spirit in the air and am keeping my fingers crossed & hopes up as the last of the 30 members of #TeamKenya left for London that they will bring home each at least a gold medal each (:-))…ION today we bid adieux to a cold cold July and wait with open arms to a warmer August ( I pray)
Today’s post is a bit biased, I felt like I wanted to blog about some of the tricks I have learnt shooting weddings for quite a bit now….this post is specifically targeted to wedding photographers or just wedding enthusiasts. There is something valuable that I have learned along that way…and that is ANTICIPATION. This is just a big word for expecting & knowing that something will take place thus being prepared for it…This is such a great tool & I want to show you from weddings that I have covered in the past how I have captured a moment just because I ANTICIPATED it!
Yes…that is where it all starts…right in the morning. Ensure that you get to the bride’s house early enough so that you can capture her gown before she squeezes herself in it. Have it either hung on a wardrobe or hung at a window or doorway where you can get an image with some awesome back-light.
The mascara shots are best from a birds eye-view, once the MUA (Make-up Artist) starts on the lashes; grab yourself a stool and get some fine aerial shots 🙂
There’s always a mirror somewhere in the room, ensure its clean of all spots & marks and shoot away…never a shot to miss
Shoot the details (Rings, necklaces, bracelets, heels…e.t.c) I usually look for some glass surface in the living room, gives you some pretty reflection
Or just step outside & place the ring on a budding flower (Extra care is needed, the rings disappear, you disappear too :-))
In case you are shooting a garden wedding, you or your second shooter should capture the set-up before the crowd settles in
Get some cute close-up of the floral details too…most brides dig such images since the deco cost them a hand & a leg 🙂
During the procession, if you in a church with a balcony, an aerial view of the entire procession works like magic!
For the kissing moment, shoot wide, get all the reactions of the guys around the couple & it does look good taking a full-length portrait of the couple too
Once the couple take their seats & the minister stands up to speak, always aim your lens at the couple, this moment of the couple admiring their rings hardly misses in every wedding I have shot
Once the MC gets up to give direction always anticipate loads of funny moments…ensure that you capture the couple then, one of the happiest moments in any wedding
For the recession shoot a wide shot and capture the happy couple as they exit surrounded by their wonderful friends & family
There will def be loads of relatives & friends with smart phones, digi cams & annoying iPads all over…it is important instead of complaining all through and shooing them away, include them in the shot in an artistic & creative way…try it!
For the official family portraits after the church shoot in a shaded area & be very particular with your backgrounds, I love using a worms eye-view too, love the overall effect.
A close up of the cakes…Yesssssss! take many various angles of the cakes
****Hope the pointers helped in some small way….anticipation, that’s one of a professional wedding photographer’s greatest arsenal.
Thanks for the time & God bless you always….