PASS ON PORTRAITS?
We want all natural, candid shots. Can we skip the posed portraits?
Getting everyone together at one time (especially both of your families, looking their best, no less) is a special and rare occurrence, and the day will happen only once. Even if you think you don’t want any portraits, you’ll likely be glad to have them after the wedding’s over (and your parents will be thrilled). If you want to minimize the portrait session, pare it down to just the must-take portraits: the bride and groom together, the entire wedding party, the bride and groom with their parents, the couple with the bride’s immediate family, the couple with the groom’s immediate family, and both immediate families all together.
Keeping a Style in Mind
Some couples secure in-demand image professionals before they even get engaged because top photographers might be booked up to two years in advance! In order to guarantee that wedding is yours, book early because many photographers only picture one wedding per weekend. Therefore, you must begin planning as far in advance as you can. However, before you get started, you must first choose the kind of photography style that you like because this will influence the kind of photographer you want to capture your wedding.
DOCUMENTARY (OR PHOTOJOURNALISTIC) PHOTOGRAPHY
These shots of the individuals, the setting, and the activity are candid or spontaneous rather than a sequence of posed ones (i.e., unstyled). Typical scenes can include the opulent raw bar before guests start eating, your ragtag group of relatives dancing, and you and your bridesmaids laughing with champagne in hand.
The photographs capture the moments exactly as they occurred and together they form a story. With a strictly photojournalistic photographer, you will never see people staring at the camera. More styled candid photos are another moderate choice. For instance, before starting to shoot, your photographer might take a coat off a chair or smooth out the bedspread in the space. (The shots are still candid but not purely photojournalistic.)
Without significantly manipulating the subjects, a collection of spontaneous or stylized spontaneous photos might depict your entire day from a variety of viewpoints and views. Fun, shocking, romantic, and true to life all come together in this flowing compilation.
The photos can occasionally be a bit too realistic. You can't really decide on your best angle before the photographer takes the picture. Another disadvantage is that you might not get those planned pictures of you and your college pals dancing as your brother is spinning Grandma across the dance floor. Find a photographer who takes both staged portraits and unplanned, documentary-style photos to get the best of both worlds.
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