CAPTURING ROMANCE AT THE WEDDING
The first time you envisioned your wedding, you probably didn’t see a long list of details to attend to, decisions to be made or negotiations to be undertaken. Surely, your vision involved you and your partner. It was filled with tenderness, sweet melodies, pure bliss…and romance. After all, a wedding is romantic—the consummation of your everlasting love.
A skilled wedding photojournalist knows how to anticipate and capture situations that convey those special feelings. When the day is over, your memories will be enhanced through photographs of the two of you looking at one another or simply being together, thus narrating the story of your love. That is what it’s all about.
IN A FLASH
A glance, a quick kiss or a sigh shared between the betrothed amidst the whirlwind of activity and emotion on their wedding day are moments that tend to happen quickly. They’re intimate exchanges that represent the strong feelings the bride and groom have for one another. They can be gone in a flash (no pun intended). The guests may not notice them, but as a perceptive photojournalist photographer I do.
I would like to believe that my portfolio reflects my ability (through years of experience) to anticipate and capture such moments. I am always looking for that moment when the couple shares a kiss or when they have a tender exchange…I’m aware of the potential for it to happen at any second.
It’s those little fleeting exchanges, like the couple here embracing amongst the tall sunflower stems in the sunshine that really show what a couple is feeling on their wedding day. This is solely their moment.
Capturing this fleeting moment is really critical to relaying visually how special not just the moment, but also the entire day, can be. I try to think ahead about what the outcome might be or to position myself f in a place where I can capture the emotion on the couple’s faces.
Those quiet moments when the bride and groom are alone together often convey the most romance. The bride and groom had just exited the church and had been congratulated by their friends and relatives. The day was really hot. The couple took a few minutes away together amongst the wild grasses surrounding the church, and through the white tiny flowers I captured the loving warm smiling intimate embrace.
In this picture, it’s clear that the couple is emotionally connected as they enjoy this private time together before the activity of the reception gets underway. To come away with a genuinely candid and romantic image of the bride and groom is hard, perhaps the hardest image to capture of the day. In order to do so, I have become especially aware of these intimate moments by honing his observational skills, and observing from a distance with a long lens.
Oftentimes, it’s a matter of being in touch emotionally with the bride and groom. The skilled wedding photojournalist develops an ability to perceive what is happening between the two and focus in on it. Capturing the emotion wasn’t something that came easy to me at first…But after years of experience, it’s much more natural. In every picture, I spend that extra second making sure that I’m capturing their story.
Romantic moments can also spring from periods when you’re simply having fun.
A major obstacle to beautiful, emotionally resonant images is a stressed, over-scheduled bride or groom. When your day is so involved in having the day coordinated, they can’t just take part in it as the wedding couple. They’re almost the wedding planner. Subsequently, those romantic feelings might have a harder time of rising to the surface if you’re concerned with the flower arrangements. The key is to assign tasks to others so that your hands are free throughout the entire day. You can then focus on having a wonderful time.
Years from now when you look through your wedding pictures and you see those images of you and your sweetheart sharing moments of candid romance, you’ll be drawn back to that special day. The photographs, recording those feelings, may even become synonymous with your wedding and hopefully with your marriage as well.
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