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If you're a photographer (an enthusiast or a pro), you'll eventually be asked to photograph a wedding: a task that's both a privilege and a challenge. You're capturing one of life's most significant milestones. You're shooting an event filled with unpredictable moments that can't be re-created, and you need to be involved without being intrusive. It's a balancing act that professional wedding photographers work hard to perfect.
Chris Orwig has been in exactly this position, and in this course, he shares his experiences and creative insights, all liberally illustrated with examples from weddings that he has photographed. The course begins with details on preproduction—your gear and equipment decisions and the importance of talking to the bride and groom about their goals for your photographs. It also explores some key strategies for documenting the ceremony and the celebration afterwards. Lastly, Chris reviews some postproduction strategies for enhancing your images and delivering them to the happy couple.
Here we are going to take a look at a few important elements to consider when capturing photographs just after the ceremony. You know, after the ceremony it is such an important and unique time for the bride and the groom, it's their first chance to breathe, to relax, it's official, we are married, and for the rest of the guests as well, it's equally as exciting. Everyone has a story, you never know how long someone traveled to get to this wedding. How they got ready and hurried to make it to the ceremony on time, how they sat through the ceremony, and now the celebrating begins, and so here I want to talk a little bit about how we can capture some of that unique emotion in that time.
Let's take a look at a few photographs from a couple of different weddings to illustrate some ideas to consider. Here with this first wedding, the bride and the groom and their daughter, they are walking down the aisle, and here I'm just continuing to document that. I'm continuing to be a fly on the wall and capture the events as they unfold. They are really happy and excited, and eventually there was this big hug and big tears. Whenever there is a moment of emotion, typically you want to try to photograph that quietly.
You want to give them their distance in order to kind of savor and enjoy that moment, but you also want to document it. Other things that you want to document are the friendships and relationships, those hugs and greetings and all of that that happens, and of course you want to capture the people who are there, the people who are so important to the bride and the groom. Here we have the bride's daughter and her friends or other guests who are at this wedding. And again, all of these photographs help tell the story of this particular wedding. All right, well, let's jump to another wedding.
Here we are going to take a look at a different scenario, a wedding that was out in a beautiful field. Here is the bride and her dad, her dad who is so proud, and you want to document that, that tender moment. You also want to get creative with this. Sometimes you are capturing family like I am here and the light was a little bit too harsh and direct. If you just turn around a little bit, in this case now shooting into the sun, it takes on a whole new flavor or feeling, and again, in these situations you are really focusing in on sentiment or emotion or capturing the unique characteristics of this time.
Here we have a bride and the groom and a few of the bridesmaids, and what's fun about these moments is that people will literally glow. They are so excited at this moment. They also will have a lot of fun. Here you can see the bride and a couple of her really good friends just goofing around and having fun. And so as you seek to capture images during this key time, right after ceremony, keep in mind that really what your goal is is to document the overall excitement and emotion of that time.
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