Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Time for another wedding Wednesdays...


Just in case you missed it you might want to check out our first "Wedding Wednesday".

Each week I will post a couple images from wedding I shot during the 2011 "season" and explain why I like them, how they were shot, and (on occasion) what I might have done differently.

Here are this weeks images.

This image is from the "first dance".


I know some people will look at it and think that I cut off too much of the groom, but let me explain why:

1. There was light hanging down behind the grooms head.

2. There was a guest standing very close over the grooms left shoulder.

Had I left those two things in the image they would have been huge distractions that took away from the bride and groom and have your eyes wandering all over the place.

Look at the brides face, if ever there was a "look of love" this is it and I didn't want your eyes to wander away from her because THAT was the photograph.

Image two runs contrary to what I usually do, I don't like "posing" photographs, I try to take a journalistic approach when shooting a wedding.

(clicking on either image will open them larger and in a new window)

But this shot is an exception, the bride had lost both her parents and her dog, so on her bouquet she had a locket that contained images of her mom & dad from their wedding day and at her table was a picture of her dog.

So while she was away from the table I opened the locket, set the bouquet near the framed picture her dog, then grabbed this shot.

I thought it made much better memory for the bride.

An important point with this image was that I knew about the locket because during the day I listen to everything going on around me, it allows you pick up on details and insight that you otherwise would never have known about, allowing to capture some important details, creating better memories of their special day.

10 comments:

corina said...

I like the second photo even more because of the emotion behind it - good call on creating that photo for the bride.

Paula said...

Love love love that second picture! Everything about it! I like the first one a lot too, but dogs steal my heart every time.

Kirsten- The Foreign Domestic said...

I love those shots. They both speak a million words.

Sarah said...

I love the thought that went into the photo with the locket and her dog. After knowing the meaning it becomes even more beautiful.

Scott said...

That's just it Sarah, sometimes a good even becomes even better when you know the "behind the scenes"...

Thanks for stopping by...

Chance said...

excellent photos! I love the backstory and the lesson on the compositions. Already looking forward to the next WW!

fatlab99 (matt) said...

Beautiful Work Scott!

David R Martinson said...

Great tip on listening to everything going on around you. I think I'll take that into the client meetings and make mental notes to write things down later and incorporate that into shots during the wedding. Awesome post!

Tera said...

I'm loving Wedding Wednesdays! Thanks for sharing with us.

MarkE said...

Thanks for this post. I enjoy reading the "why" behind the photos.