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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're going to shift our focus to photographing the ceremony. Yet before we get to the ceremony, you want to capture those transitional images right before the ceremony happens. Perhaps it's the groomsmen hanging out like we saw in one of the last chapters, or maybe it's someone getting something ready. One of things that you need to do in order to differentiate yourself from other people who are photographing at the wedding-- because many people have cameras--is what you want to do is you want to capture those moments that only you have access to. All of the guests at the ceremony, they're sitting down.
You're not, you're free to roam. And what you want to do is roam around and capture those small images which lead up to the ceremony. Let's take a look at a few photographs which will illustrate some of the ways we can think about capturing transitional shots right before the ceremony. The first image that I have up here is a photograph of people getting the Church ready. You want to document those people who are pitching in, helping out with the event. In this next photograph, you can see a detail of the door of the church. Again, capture any small detail shots, anything that you can capture which helps tell more of the story.
In this next one, you can see that people are frantically getting bulletins ready and trying to prepare for the arrival of all the guests. You want to capture the hustle and the bustle of all of those moments, because there's so much anticipation and excitement. Here is another photograph, once the guests have arrived, and there's this little girl just standing there, and she was staring at me while I was taking pictures. So, I knelt down and captured this frame and also this one. It's always fun to capture these moments that in a sense are in between.
You're not photographing perhaps the key players or the most significant thing, rather it's what's leading up to the ceremony. Here's another shot of a quiet moment between the bride and her mom. You know, it is that special moment. I think, there is a certain look of understanding in their eyes. Their eyes are smiling, and I love that. Other times, some of the photographs are like this, the groomsmen just waiting, waiting and waiting. They're ready to go, and again it's leading up to what's about to happen.
So, as you work with these different scenarios in different weddings, you'll find that sometimes you capture different things. Here, I want transition to another wedding. In this particular wedding, you can see that a car has pulled up, people are bringing chairs to the location. And this is a photograph that I've captured from my car. I pulled up and looked out, and this is what I saw, and then I started to move in a little bit closer. Eventually, I wanted to use this car, I wasn't quite sure how, but I knew I needed to use it because it had so much character and personality, and then I kept photographing the events before the wedding.
Here all the guests they were sitting down and the bride and her daughter are having a quiet moment together, and it was really sweet and really tender, and so you're looking for those moments again that other people don't have access to. Everyone is on the other side of those rose bushes and those shrubs, and here we're having this nice quiet moment. So, I'm just capturing that. And then eventually the father of the bride and the bride herself and her daughter walk up towards the event, and it's leading up towards what's about to happen. So again, here we're really looking for those leading images which lead us into the ceremony.
All right, well, after you've captured those, you're of course ready to start focusing on the ceremony. So, let's take a look at how we can do that in the next movie.
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