Here’s a great tip for brides when viewing photographers portfolios!
We we meet with lots brides and always ask about the mood of the environment they want the guest to have. Why? Most bride select locations because they feel a certain way or they want it look a certain way to their guests. In this post let’s talk about setting the scene. Yes, weddings are about getting great portraits. But, as wedding photographers we should also shoot the environment in which the guests are being entertained. This way when a bride looks back at her wedding photos, she can immediately feel the way she did on that day. Wedding photography is about telling a story, setting a mood and recreating an experience.
Below is a landscape shot of a beach barbeque in the Caribbean. Guests were starting to arrive at sunset to an intimate dinner hosted by the bride and groom. We wanted to see the colors of the sunset, the hanging lights and keep the intimacy of the party. The shot on the left was taken with flash. It’s a nice shot, but you loose the colors of the sky, and it looks like it was taken with a point and shoot. The shot on the right was taken with available light, no flash. Personally I think this shot tells a better story and sets the tone much better. You can see the colors of the sunset, the landscape looks more 3 dimensional and you get that intimate feel. Professional wedding photographers should always take better shots that what others are taking on their point and shoots. After all isn’t that what you’re paying for? Talk to you photographer, tell them how you envision your events and the mood you want to set for your guests. Weather it be fun or initmate. Your wedding photos should convey this.
If you like the shot on the right. Here’s some questions to ask your wedding photographer:
1. Do you take long exposures of the locations?
Long Exposures. Long exposures is a camera technique when a photographer must us a tripod to allow more light and a smaller aperture to create a brighter shot. This will also alow for more detail in the photograph.
2. Do you use a tripod or monopod? You need this to create long exposures?
Tripods and monopods. Both are used to steady to steads shots. Tripods have three legs and monopods only have one.
Here’s another shot of the beach party at night using the same concepts.