Keeping it real: how to achieve natural wedding photography
26 Apr 2016
Most couples want a mix of candid photography and staged shots from their wedding day, however even the most posed of photographs can be achieved in a natural way. Thom Jones of Image Photography shares his secrets to capturing the perfect picture
A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when said picture is true, raw and honest. Make natural wedding photography the focus of your special day, with these words of wisdom from Thom Jones of Image Photography.
Keep formal photography to a minimum
Concentration should centre on natural photos that capture the emotions and moments which make a wedding day so special. Photos should tell a story; there’s no creativity or uniqueness in just standing everyone in a line. And while an element of that will be apparent in most weddings, the photographer should still work hard to put people at ease in front of the camera in order to add a little character to the shots.
Get to know one another
The relationship between a couple and their photographer is of paramount importance. If you don’t feel comfortable around one another, the couple won’t feel relaxed and the photographer won’t be able to get the best out of his/her subjects. Spend time with each other in the run up to the wedding; the couple should discuss their wants and needs while allowing the photographer insight in to their character and personalities.
Find the best spot
Sometimes the setting can play a huge part in affecting the mood of the photographer’s subjects. The couple may relax more when taken away from the throngs of people to a secluded area inside or outside the venue in which to enjoy some peace and quiet. Similarly, guests may appear more natural when seated for the wedding breakfast following the main event. It takes an observant eye to monitor the wedding party’s behaviour in order to find the perfect setting for the best shot.
In order to capture those raw moments of emotion, the photographer should be as unobtrusive as possible. Melting in to the background and armed with a long lens, the couple shouldn’t even realise the photographer is there unless he/she needs to be. By dressing in smart dress like the wedding guests, the photographer will blend in to the crowd, snapping people when they are least expecting it.