Nick and Catriona enjoyed a beautiful Cecil Green Park House wedding last month, and as I looked through the final images I realised how many great candid photos there were. And so I thought that instead of doing just one post from their wedding, I’d make two. Today I’m going to show you 100% spontaneous moments, in which I had no hand, act or part (except being there to witness).
For me, there are two sides to wedding photography; the candid and the directed (or semi-directed as I prefer to put it). At certain times of the day I get to add some direction to proceedings to make sure that we get some really strong, beautiful compositions that make the best of the location. Doing this effectively is something I consider to be one of the core skills of a good wedding photographer. You need to be able to step up and take control at certain times in order to give your clients the images that their investment (not just monetary, but also trust) deserves.
At the same time, there is a fine balance to be struck between taking control, and coming across like a drill sergeant. But more about all of that next week.
Obviously a lot of the best candid moments at a wedding happen around the ceremony, and of course it would be kind of inappropriate for the photographer to give any direction at this point. That said, there has been more than one occasion where I’ve been tempted to ask a well-meaning camera-toting guest to please step out of the aisle and take a seat! Decorum, however, has kept so far kept me quiet.
An outdoor wedding like this one allows me to work very discretely on the periphery of everything and lets the guests enjoy the ceremony without really noticing I’m there. I prefer not to use flash photography as well. Aside from looking harsh, it creates a bit of a distraction, which I’d rather avoid.
The most important thing to remember about candid photography is keep your eye to the viewfinder. It might sound obvious, but you can only get the shot if your waiting and watching with your finger on the shutter button.
Looking forward to sharing more photos from Nick & Cat’s Cecil Green Park House wedding next week.