Wedding photography was one place I knew I didn’t want to compromise
Wedding photography was one place I knew I didn’t want to compromise. Out of everything, we’ll have our pictures the longest. Initially, I wasn’t sure who we’d use for our photographer, so I scoured the intar-webs looking at site after site. After a while, I started to notice that there were several standard shots – kinda like templates. Everyone had them.
For the record, I’m not completely against these shots. I just feel it’s important to be yourself on your wedding day and not let the wedding industry and wedding photographers in particular, dictate the tone of your pictures.
If you and your friends normally are not the run-and-jump, on-a-constant-high type, maybe you should just avoid the jumping group shot. Just sayin’.
Everyone is different and has a different flavor that they bring to their wedding day
Everyone is different and has a different flavor that they bring to their wedding day. Make sure you talk to your photographer beforehand and give them an idea of who you are as a couple.
It’s a good idea to give your photographer a list of must-have shots. Not an overbearing, super-bossy, OCD kind of list. But more like an I-would-really-enjoy-these-specific-memories-years-from now kind of list.
Look through some of your old picture albums and find the shots that you admire the most. Take your key from those. If it’s a ten year old picture and you still smile everytime you see it, consider putting a similar picture on your list.
Pick your one or two standard template shots, but keep the rest of them orginal.
The groom wears a print, usually argyle or stripes, and usually a bright color, on his socks. The bride will have on her bridal shoes and they become a perfect study in opposites.
Usually the person being carried is uncomfortable because someone is grabbing them in an unmentionable place. The people carrying the bride or groom are uncomfortable because they are straining super hard and are counting the seconds till the flash goes off.
The light shines in perfectly making a perfect silhouette of the bride’s dress. That is, if you can find the perfect window. If it’s North facing, you can pretty much forget it and if it’s 4 feet off the ground you can forget it again.
The bridesmaids and the bride holding their bouquets all together towards the camera
There’s always that one bridesmaid who blinks or has spinach dip stuck in her teeth. And this shot tends to be super close up on your bouquets. So any shortcuts your florist took in preparing your flowers will definitely show up here. Not sure if you want to be constantly reminded of bruised petals every time you go back through your album.
At least one person is a high jump gold medal winner and another person hasn’t actually jumped in years. This leaves you with a lopsided line of attendants with varying expressions and awkward motion blur.