I find weddings both beautiful and daunting to shoot. No matter how many you do, there is always the stress you put yourself under. This applies to be quite a lot to me, as I always want to look beyond the “staged” shots and find those natural ones that really speak of the emotion of the day.
Even when looking at my portrait sessions I feel the same. I spend a lot of time trying to get to know the client so that I can have them feel at ease as much as myself. Because a photographer who is not comfortable is generally not going to be using the creative part of themselves that could mean the difference between “ok” photos and the ones that blow you away.
I think investing the time with your clients, getting to know their goals for the photos you will take, really can pay dividends. Both for the client and the photographer.
So when trying to capture the love shown between two people who are prepared to spend the rest of their lives together, you should spend a little of yours with them. If they relax, the photos benefit and so do you.
So one of my great loves in photography is Street Photography. I love capturing the everyday actions of people. Whether that’s shopping, drinking coffee or anything else that catches my eye.
The real draw for me is that Street Photography isn’t posed. Don’t get me wrong, some posing is necessary. Especially with certain types of portraiture. But nothing makes me sadder than seeing what should have been a great shot posed badly.
Being a Street Photographer can make you fearless when going for that perfect shot. This is especially helpful when shooting weddings photos.
Wedding photography is not for the faint of heart! You sometimes have to battle your way past all the family and friend’s iphones, ipads and other gadgets to get YOUR shot for the Bride and Groom.
I love black and white photos, and rarely like to do colour for Street Photography. Black and white just helps to capture pure emotion when there is so much distraction. Taking colour out of a picture can really change the whole feel of it, as can the ratio of black to white.
If you’re interested in Street Photography there is no better time to start than now! Whether you have a DSLR, Bridge camera or your phone. Just start snapping!
You’ll be surprised what you will capture.