So I have begun the path toward wedding photography and so far I am loving it. I started out with children and families, moved up to seniors and couples in love, and finally feel I am a big girl and can take on the big day!! I knew from day one that I wanted to capture weddings and all the emotions and precious memories that go with it. I love being at home watching beautiful romantic movies, I love reading sweet love stories, and I love hearing about couples being together for 50 years! Shooting weddings puts me right there in the middle of it all.
The bride is my inspiration, her and her prince; they are what inspire me through my shoot! I watch how they love with their eyes and then I capture it! I freeze it forever and ever for them to look back on, tell their children and children’s children and then they get their turn to tell their love story!
Another part of the wedding experience I enjoy is Bridals. It is so much fun to have the bride all dressed in her wedding gown hair done and accessories, and take her out the day of or a couple weeks prior. My personal favorite is shooting prior to the wedding. The bride is more relaxed, and we can choose whatever location we like!! Though I don’t mind shooting a small bridal session the day of the wedding, while everyone else is getting ready, I feel the bride’s enjoy it best when it’s not the day of! They don’t feel the jitters of the day-if they have them and they don’t have the pressure of shooting in that small gap of time.
I also get the opportunity to choose the best time of day when the sunshine is glowing!! It’s my favorite to go out and shoot an hour before sunset, the sunshine drenches my subject and it adds the warmth and softness I’m looking for.
I have had several people ask me how I decide on posing for my clients. Though I do get very inspired by fashion magazines, adds for famous clothing brands or designers, and photography from years ago such as images of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn-I always decide when I meet my client and get to know them just how I will pose them. My job is to take who they are as a person and show off their beauty! Kind of like make up!! If I showed up with a list of poses and ideas and they did not flow with the personalities or the nature of my clients, it would make for an awkward shoot. If it’s an engagement, I like to take the time to meet my clients beforehand and see how they interact together. That gives me ideas of how to properly “pose” them or “direct” them through their session. If it’s a bride on her own ready for her bridal, I will (most likely) have already met her. So I will know what “look” she is going for, and I will keep that in mind as I create her session!!
If she is giddy, happy and loves to smile, I’ll make sure I don’t ask her to be too serious or place her in poses that make her feel awkward. If she is more solemn and is going for a serious look with a strong feel, I will position her with that in mind! Almost always I am able to capture pensive, serious faces as well as laughing and natural smiles!!
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