Creative Wedding Pictures by Rex Preston
What’s the difference between okay wedding photography and amazing wedding photography? The answer is creativity! Wedding photos can be very dull to anyone who isn’t personally connected to the subject therein due to a lack of creativity on the photographers part. But how do you capture a group of people standing in a circle, drinks in hand, chatting after a ceremony? As a wedding and event photographer, I have many tricks in my arsenal for making your wedding pictures more engaging both for you and everyone else. One such trick is utilising reflective surfaces such as mirrors and sunglasses to frame a shot rather than pointing the camera directly at my subject.
One potential snag with this method is that you occasionally end up photo-bombing your own picture. On the plus side, I thought this side effect would make for an interesting blog. Thus, welcome to the second in my blog series entitled Where’s Rex? The idea is simply to spot me in the photo. Here’s another easy one.
Haselbury Mill, Crewkerne.
This shot was taken right after an outdoor ceremony at Haselbury Mill. A Happy smiling face, a blue bow tie and… oh and a bloke hiding behind a camera lens. What’s he doing there!? Who could that be?
I didn’t even notice I was in the frame until I looked at it on a big screen back at the office. I took several frames in this instance but this was the best one because all the elements were in balance. The usher with the bow tie was in both frames of the sunglasses and the guest wearing them was beaming. I could have edited myself out of the picture but I always think doing things like that is dishonest. For me, the best wedding pictures are perfectly imperfect.
Half the battle when shooting a wedding , especially for a group of people you don’t know personally, is being confident with people. If you don’t appear confident, whether taking pictures or just socialising, people will close off to you. This is just a natural human social dynamic. When you’re confident, your photographic subjects will have confidence in you. They’ll be less intimidated by the big camera lens and either pay you no attention at all (ideal) or will chat to you while you’re taking their picture.
Confidence to be Creative
Approaching a group of people in conversation can be quit intimidating for both the photographer and the group itself. The more confidence inspiring I can be, the closer I can get with my camera. That said, there is a fine line between getting up close and personal and just being obtrusive. The difference lies in how you come across as a person. Forget about the fact I’m holding a massive camera, if I’m awkward, they will be too. Thus, working quickly and planning the shot before hovering the camera over someone’s shoulder is vital. Happy photographer = happy guests = great wedding pictures.
It always takes me a while to find my flow in any one setting. I need to assess the crowd and their receptivity to me as a photographer then work accordingly. Some people just don’t want their picture taken and will require a different approach to capture. These kinds of people are not the ones to approach for close-up shots like the one above. However, if you smile and they smile back, game on!
For part one of this series, click here.
Rex Preston is a Devon based wedding and event photographer. He shoots across the UK, Europe and beyond. To find out more about him and his work visit his home page. His full portfolio can be found here. For bookings and availability or just to say hello, get in touch here.