Written by Martin Neeves
You know that your wedding album should capture those precious memories of your big day. But - BUT - BUT - BUT – BUT - have you noticed you look through so many wedding albums produced by “professional photographers” and they all seem to look the same?! Sometimes you look at the shots from wedding photographers and it seems that only the faces, dresses and people have changed. The poses are all the same, the layout looks similar – it is as if the photographer works to a formula. Now a formula assumes commons themes and variables – but I bet you want your wedding and it memories to be unique. I despair when I see this because it is not only doing the bride and groom justice – it is lazy. It is a "thumb up bum and brain in neutral" attitude and it is insulting to the couple.
You know what I mean by a “formula approach”. For most couples and their families, the wedding ceremony is exciting, fun, emotional and everyone is full of joy. Bride gets ready, bride arrives in car, bride walks up aisle with father, vicar does vows, bride kisses groom, pose outside wedding venue, reception, speeches, lots of laughter, a few tears, cake-cutting, first dance etc – etc…. At each stage, the traditional wedding photographer poses everything and gets a bit bossy (or extremely bosy and shouty in some cases!). His/her whole needs must be met and can take hours out of your special day. Every so often the whole proceedings grind to a halt while the photographer stages his/her next shot to “recreate” the ceremony and make those most "perfect" wedding photos. The bride or the groom or others in the family just want to hug and share the joy of the day but they just can’t because of that fussy photographer.
It amazes me that this complete disruption to the special day is the accepted norm – “It’s just the way wedding days are”. The photographs are pristine, stage managed and the wedding group looks like a bunch of shop window mannequins. And yes, everybody will say the photos are beautiful and “what a lovely day”. But if you take a close look at the faces they look nervous and uncomfortable. Let's face it, if you ask someone to smile, they will never smile naturally.
But is doesn't have to be like this. You can have a few traditional posed shots, but why not get some spontaneity into your wedding photos? Why not make sure that the wedding photographer blends into your wedding - without you having to work in his photo session as pseudo fashion models? Now there is a thought! Why not hire a photographer who is going to produce some wedding pictures that have style, creativity and soul? You will not just have a “nice” wedding album, you will have one that is full of memories and that is alive.
But how do you find that sort of photographer? Well you will need to plan early to break out of the humdrum routine. You have to find that photographer who understands that the wedding is about you and people who celebrate your memorable day. It is not about a fashion shoot of “Barbie dolls”. It is a happy memory that can be recalled forever.
A documentary wedding photographer will be more unobtrusive and will not get in your way. Your job is to enjoy the day - their job is to record it. The wedding photographer should become part of the wedding - more like a professional wedding guest (albeit, with the skills and experience behind a camera that not many wedding guests will have). I use a style called “reportage” where I bring that thought, creativity and flair to producing an album of photos that looks amazing. By photographing you and your guests while you are enjoying yourselves, it ensures you look your best and it brings out the characters of all present.
Using this more creative approach to produce your treasured wedding photographs, means you will approach the process with great excitement and not trepidation. That is because the wedding photographer understands that they are there to serve this wedding and to capture special moments when they occur. Of course there will be occasions to “pose” for a picture but that does not mean bringing the wedding day to a halt. My experience ensures that you will have an album of spontaneous, candid and stylish wedding photographs that are full of life – and they will be treasured memories. I really can bring the day back.
If you want to find out how Martin Neeves Photography can make your day memorable with a great album to look back on then contact me or call me on 01455 271 849 or on 07973 638 591.