A stunning wedding album involves photographically telling the story of the bride and groom on their wedding day. This story is best captured among contemporary wedding photographers through the patient and sensitive direction of the bride and groom through a series of “action poses”. As a professional wedding photographer who is passionate about creating the “perfect” image, Ivy & Stone Photography knows you need the bride and groom to relax and you must establish a friendly repertoire with the two of them before you start shooting. You want the couple to be relaxed, genuinely enjoying themselves and appearing natural in the images you capture.
Ivy & Stone Photography also strive to capture all the various emotions which are expressed throughout the wedding day. Doing this is absolutely critical to design a personalized and unique album the bride and her family and friends will all enjoy viewing as the years ago by. As a highly experienced wedding photographer, you know it can be necessary to assist with “making things naturally happen”. When you have a strong vision for capturing emotional and unique images, there is nothing wrong with a little gentle direction and saying the right things at the right moment which, for example, invokes mother and bride to want to hug one another and share some tears and sometimes some genuine laughter. Of course, you must anticipate the angle and composition you want before the reactions and interactions you gain from your subjects.
These are “action poses” which can help you to perfectly capture genuine spontaneity. When you do this correctly, the subjects will appreciate you for capturing them in their photographs being themselves. The direction you provided and the little things you said which made those moments of natural spontaneity happen was so unobtrusive and gentle that your subjects didn’t realize or forgot that you actually made those moments of great spontaneity happen. So helping your subjects to feel comfortable with you and to relax and for you to gain their confidence is absolutely essential to the creation of very meaningful and desirable images.
The social skills necessary to get the action poses you want to capture does take time and years of experience to develop, at least, since at the same time you are concentrating on all the photographic technicalities of adjusting your camera for changing light conditions etc. Many of your one-liners which invoke a smile, a genuine belly-laugh or gentle moment between the bride and groom must come from you as though it is also spontaneous. If you have any subjects which begin to suspect you are just tossing out one-liners or that you are acting out a routine, the genuine reactions you wanted to capture of them will become more difficult if not impossible to achieve.
Is all this worth it? Which would you like better? Viewing another cookie-cutter run of the mill wedding album in which you find page after page of traditionally posed people looking at the camera? Or viewing an album in which you see everyone genuinely having a good time and looking great while interacting with one another on the Wedding Day?
Ivy & Stone Photography (www.ivyandstonephotography.com) based in Mumbai provides professional wedding photography for discerning brides throughout India.
A wedding album designed with great candid photography which captures the unique relationships of all the participants expressed through their emotions and sharing smiles and laughs with one another makes for a truly stunning wedding album. Of course, there are graphic designers who can get mediocre wedding photography and with some photoshop applications and magazine style wedding album design, help make a better-looking album. But only so much can be done this way. When you have a lot of great candid photographs of all the different major players on the wedding day interacting with one another with great smiles, tears, hugs and laughter AND these images were all perfectly captured in-camera – you have taken the most important first steps necessary in order to create a modern stunning wedding album. A wedding day memento which will become a cherished family heirloom for many generations to come.