Posted on March 20, 2015
One thing that I hear over and over again from couples when we meet to talk about wedding photography is that they really don’t look forward to posing for photos. They have a fear that they will be standing at the side of a lake for 2 hours with the bridal party being ordered to stand in every combination it is mathematically possible to put them . . . Bride and Groom, Bride, Groom 2 Bridesmaids; Bride Groom and 2 cousins 3 times removed . . Don’t worry, its not like that at all. I want my “posed” wedding photos to be fun, to be a part of your day that you will look back on and say “that was actually a bit of craic”. And thats how it should be, there should be no part of a wedding day that you should dread (apart from the speeches, but thats another blog altogether)
Lets be honest, unless you are a model, its really hard to hold that smile and make it look genuine all day long. You should have a real laugh or smile on your face when you are with your new husband/wife and your closest friends. And a real laugh looks so much better than a forced posed one. I send couples off away for a few minutes, and let them spend a little time together telling each other what happened that morning whist they were getting ready. The funny little stories and what seemed like a crisis just a few hours ago, are now just laughed at.
I like to let the lads loose on each other and see what happens, as long as their clothes stay on and relatively dry, I have no problem with what they do. They usually lift each other up or try to throw the Groom into a lake or fountain. The girls are the same, I usually let them loose on the Groom for a few minutes, that makes for fantastic fun photos.
One last thing, lets be honest, things will not go according to plan on your wedding day. The best thing to do is to roll with it, and have a laugh with it. Be it the wedding car breaking down, the weather turning sour or even being stuck in a traffic jam, the most important thing is that you are with the people who are closest to you and your guests are all being well looked after back in the venue anyway.
Its your wedding day, they will be your memories. These moments should be special, they should be fun and they should make your wedding day as amazing as you deserve.
Posted on February 26, 2015
I love candid photography, capturing those little moments that are real, the little interactions between people. Looking at these moments in black and white, with the absence of all the other distracting colours works so well for me. It adds a timelessness to a photograph, especially at weddingsin my opinion. I love photographs where the bride is walking up the aisle, her expression could be one of nerves, excitement or nearly crying for joy, to her side peoples faces as she walks by, and of course the grooms expression.
I put on slideshows for my couples and their guests at weddings. One wedding recently, up in Sligo lent itself really well to black and white photos, so I processed about a third of the photos in black and white and played the slideshow. It went down a treat, the bride and groom loved it. But the best compliment I got was from a gentleman in his late 60’s who was astounded by the black and white photos. As he said, they looked like they were taken back in New York in the 50’s.
Not every photograph will work as well in black in white instead of colour. For example, you will have a beautiful bouquet of flowers on your wedding day, full of different colours. Looking at these flowers in black and white would cause you to lose so much from the photo. When i give couples their DVD of their wedding day, the majority of the photos will be in colour, but there are always a select few that I have worked on in Black and White. Photographing people and their expressions, laughter, tears and joy works perfectly with black and white.
I have a few examples below that I love.
One thing I always tell couples, is that nothing cleans up a messy room like a black and white photograph, I suppose in a way it simplifies the scene. Ted Grant, a world famous Canadian photographer once said “When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. When you photograph people in Black and White, you photograph their souls“. And it is true, if you look at a black and white photograph of a group of people, you see the face, the expressions, the laughter, what they are wearing does not jump out at you in bright blues and reds and pinks.
There will always be room for black and white wedding photography in my portfolio, I may not want to capture your souls, but I do want to capture those unique and real moments that only happen on a wedding day.
Thats just my ramblings.
Posted on April 7, 2014
Posted on April 7, 2014
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