I had an interesting conversation with my sisters in law the other night about the recent trends in wedding photography. They were commenting on a friend of theirs recent engagement shots and how they made her look so self centered. She is a really sweet girl, but the photographer focused all the shots on the bride and often cut the groom out. You know what I’m talking about, these real abstract framing kind of shots where we cut off faces and heads on the side of the picture or the top corners. I’ve never been a really big fan of this style because I feel like the photographer is shooting more for themselves than for the customer. The shots look awesome and look like they could be in a J-crew magazine, but the problem my sisters in law recognized is that these are engagement shots. They are supposed to represent the love that the couple shares. I’m all about creativity, but the way a photographer poses and instructs the bride and groom can represent a couple inaccurately.
I’ve always had the photography philosophy that the pictures I take for couples should capture the natural and deep love they have for each other. I have a secret hope that the pictures I take will help remind couples of how much they love each other when the hard times come along and help keep them together. I try to capture the personality and style of their love, whether it be silly or sweet. Seems like so many photographers today are shooting like they would for a modeling session, no smiles, abstract framing, the bride and groom often aren’t even touching each other and looking in opposite directions. What do those pictures say about the couple? They might be awesome if we were trying to sell tuxedos and wedding gowns, but what about the couple? When people are picking out pictures to send in their engagements, they most often want a nice portrait that shows theirs guests who they are marrying. Now I make sure to get a bunch of other fun interaction shots too, but always placing equal focus on the couple, after all this whole marriage thing represents a union of two people, right?
Now I suppose there is the occasional self centered bride that thinks it’s just all about her, but in the 10 years I’ve been doing this, most brides are really in love with their groom and they want their pictures to represent that. Picking the right wedding photographer is crucial to making that happen. You’ll never have to worry about your photos misrepresenting you when you choose Creativ Productions to document your love, we always place the focus on both of you. Here’s a couple of examples from yesterday’s shoot.