Wedding Photography Tips: Behind The Curtains
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A lot goes on before, during and after the wedding. The trick is not only to be observant but to also be at the right place at the right time.
Start from the Day the Couple Hire You: Follow them as they finalise their wedding outfits, the invitation card and have family discussions and get-togethers.
Capture Preparations on the Big Day: The bride getting her make-up done, the father running last minute errands, kids playing in an empty venue, someone ironing the groom’s outfit or even the couple and their respective families moving to the venue.
Make the Best of Unexpected Weather: Bad or stormy weather can be just as unexpected as a sudden change in wedding arrangements. Try to include the weather as a visual element and carry a rain cover in your bag, in case you end up needing it.
Be Inspired: Study other genres of photography as well. They will shape your vision and help you explore weddings differently.
Shoot While Things are Being Set Up: Besides the family, there are a number of other people who are involved in the setting up of the stage or mandap—right from electricians to flower and food suppliers. You can capture members of the family interacting with them.
In order to seem like one of the wedding guests, wear clothes appropriate for the wedding. For a church wedding, wear formals.
Try Not to Get in the Way: Don’t knock over makeshift pillars or flower arrangements while shooting. Be engrossed, but also be aware of your surroundings.
Look For Misfits: Include curious tourists, passersby peeping through the door or a rickshaw driver sipping chai near the coupleto convey a sense of place as well as wonder.
Identify and Isolate Moments: When you are busy photographing one moment, there are ten other moments happening around you. You need to pick and choose your way through them.
Don’t Press Delete! Don’t delete a picture based on what it looks like on the LCD because you can’t always gauge expressions on a small screen.
Let Things Happen: If you wish to recreate a moment, wait for it to happen again. Avoid directing people too much as it might end up looking fake.
Walk Around the Venue: Don’t wait for someone to tell you what to shoot next. Walk around the venue to find kids playing hide and seek, cousins doing dance rehearsals or the bar being set up.
Leave the Foodies Alone: No one likes to be photographed when they are eating. If you really have to, shoot from a distance and avoid hovering over the guests while they eat. Let them enjoy their meal in peace.
Away From the Commotion: Some of the quieter moments such as two lovebirds chatting away on the staircase, can be found away from all the noise and chaos of the wedding celebrations.
Who are the Supporting Actors? Photograph the people who have contributed to the wedding—make up artist, decorators, chefs, crew of the hotel..
Shoot After the Guests Leave: There are always some rituals that happen only amongst close family members. Stay for a few hours to capture these.
The End: Show how a wedding ends—with the decor being removed, tables being rearranged, lights being switched off and so on.
Have a Wonderful Time! You are lucky enough to experience the mischief, the happiness and the sadness all associated with weddings, again and again. So, enjoy each and every second of it!