A couple of years ago a friend of mine suggested it would be good if I could write a blog post to show how I think and approach things. I kind of looked at him as if he were crazy – why would people want to know what I’m thinking? How I approach things? That’s a whackyhole they won’t be getting out of quickly! He assured me that people want to know the behind the scenes of a weird mind (he might of said creative).
So I put his suggestion on the back burner but over the last few years I’ve had emails and questions from brides about how I did something in a particular image.
I find it hard to go back and try and explain something because by then I’ve moved onto the next thing
So some behind my brain and heart approach to my weddings. (otherwise known as Two People in Love and a Crazy Photographer)
1. I like to know the couple before their big day. I’m not a sticky beak I just genuinely like to know them. I am not the photographer that rocks up and meets the bride and groom on the day. Sure I could do that in a technical sense, but their day is about them- not the photographer. It’s just the way I am. I believe knowing them informs how I will approach their day. The more I know about them the better I capture the nuances of who they are – both individually and as a couple. I can take images that are meaningful because of the stories they shared with me. In fact some of the images are meaningful to no one else BUT them. If the couple get to know me- and book me to capture their day they are so crazy (in a good way you know?) they actually trust me. This blows me away and it’s such an honor for couples to say to me “just go do your thing”!
2. I am very relaxed- I am there to help generally and to help things run smoothly and capture the story of the day for my couple.
3. I am unobtrusive.
I will not turn your wedding into a theatre or circus show about me directing people or placing lights around the place. I am very discrete and adept at moving quietly in and out of crowded spaces. Naturally if the couple has requested family shots after the ceremony I will be making sure (in the nicest way) that the people required are available for the shots.
This image was the result of good observation and readiness- completely unplanned and some time after the ceremony.
4. I am extremely good at seeing. I don’t just mean what is before me. I am good at seeing details, overall, humour, emotion, creative angles/compositions, simultaneously. Sometimes I see in black and white, sometimes I see how the finished piece will look before I take it. Sometimes the way I see can show or encapsulate lots of things at once. This surprises people and they can appreciate the story of their day from different perspective. They are different photos from those that are taken by Aunty Jean.
This shot showcases the brides mum and dad, the cake, the guests, the young guest, and the unique elements of the venue.
This was taken completely unposed, I was perched at the top of a stairsection and the bridesmaid was just doing her thing. In my mind I saw it as a daguerréotype as I took it.
5. I laugh a lot, I love details, I love LOVE; My husband also wants it known that I don’t drink the tea he makes me when I am editing, planning a session, or surprising clients. I’ve just put it in so he feels special, because while writing this I’ve neglected to have the tea he made me. Ahem.
6. I am resourceful. Weather changes, lighting changes, venue issues, timing issues, crowd issues do not phase me but instead inspire me to work creatively. I also use things around me in creative ways. (More on this in another post-some are really odd!).
This image was shot through a crowded reception. I used the existing lights around me that were on the tables. By focusing on the bride I could get this pretty romantic effect.
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