It’s not creative. It’s faking

Wedding photographers love to tell you how ‘creative’ they are, but what exactly does this mean? I am not really sure but I know what it doesn’t mean. Amongst other things… It […]

Wedding photographers love to tell you how ‘creative’ they are, but what exactly does this mean? I am not really sure but I know what it doesn’t mean. Amongst other things…

  • It is not asking the groom to pick up the bride and spin her around.
  • It is not asking the bride and bridesmaids to hold hands and run towards the camera.
  • It is not asking the make-up artist to pose with a brush whilst she’s trying to do her job.
  • It is not asking all the boys to pick the bride up for a photo.

The above, and many others, are not creative. They are fake. If you have a good photographer you will have to ask him/her to do any of the photos mentioned above. If your photographer asks you to do something that you think is the cheesiest thing in the whole world, whatever it may be, SAY ‘NO’. A good photographer will give you space. He/she will be a master of anticipation and a really good reader of body language. They will be able to get truly natural shots without you even knowing.

I hope this is a good example. I asked the couple in the photo below to head towards the gate. That’s all. As they got to the gate, they leant on it, looked out at the vue and the kissed. All I did was see it about to happen, get into a good position (about 50 feet away) and press the button. They loved this photo because they remembered the moment but had no idea that I had taken the photo. If I asked you to go up to the gate, lean on it and kiss you probably would even though it would feel unbelievably cheesy and the resultant photo would mean anything to you.

Don’t allow yourselves or your photographer to fake stuff. What’s the point?