Every couple deserves an incredible series of wedding iconic images.
What does iconic mean to you? What's the most important symbol of your connection with each other?
Maybe it's a sports team. How sentimental is the location you both meet in for the first time?
Finding personal meaning in wedding iconic images is sometimes subjective. Other times iconic images are universal because the power of the image is so clear and beautiful.
Make sure you educate your photographer with a personal list of what's important to you. No detail or idea is too small. After all if the meaning and value exists within you it's very important and worth taking pictures of.
As an experienced wedding photographer (or perhaps an avid wedding attendee), the one defining moment from every ceremony stands out in our minds has to be the wedding kiss...right? What a magical moment.
Pop in a breath mint and get your Chapstick ready, we’re going to be talking about…you guessed it, the wedding kiss.
Perhaps the most important part of a couple’s ceremony is their first kiss. Historically speaking, this is the moment Mr. and Mrs. Newlywed seal the deal on their new life together, much like a handshake...only with their lips!
This is truly a visual representation of the first moment that their lives have been joined together as one. Because this moment is so important you will very much want to know that your chosen wedding photographer will have not just a good photo of you kiss, more like a dozen captures in that defining moment. And more importantly a real knack for making that moment as magical and beautiful as the kiss is significant.
The Wedding Kiss Must be Captured!
Always remember: the kiss that takes place during the ceremony MUST be captured! The wedding kiss is really a make or break for the successful wedding photo collection.
Enjoy this embrace. The Wedding kiss may literally last just a few seconds. Feel free to linger a little longer. Hold your embrace for a little while longer. You'll want to really connect with each other. Maybe you can forget that the whole world is looking at you both. Just Get lost in the moment and stop time. The photograph will do the same!
Here's a cute little challenge for you the bride...while the witnesses are signing hold your man close and sneak a candid kiss while no one is paying attention, these will turn out to be a nice addition to your collection of memories.
After the wedding kiss the wedding coverage really fires up . A little more relaxed, a little less nerves. Once the ceremony is complete, the fun begins. Bridesmaids, groomsmen, relatives, so many creative photo opportunities!
Memories of the Wedding Kiss
Rarely will there be a moment more looked back with nostalgia than those first few moments sealing the marriage. Time is a precious commodity as the ceremony winds down. With a talented photographer like Cyruis from Lighthouse there is no risk of a lost memory.
Did you know we keep every photo taken and worth keeping in at least 4 locations? For your grandkids sake.
The buildup before the kiss...
Here's a powerful love exercise you can explore with your partner. Powerful and healing, the perfect expression of happiness, contentment and love.
Stare into each others eyes for at least 20 seconds
Feel the love magnetically pull each of you towards the other until your lips meet.
In the age of constant bombardment by social media, who among us hasn’t seen examples of a wedding photographer’s work? In the past month, I have personally had 3 friends get married, and each was more than happy to share their pictures online!
However, does it seem as though something is missing from many of these photographs? Some may call it ‘soul’ or ‘heart’; but in the eyes of someone in the business, the real answer is quite simple:
CREATIVITY! (Soul & Heart)
A creative photographer brings out the best moments in their clients, transforming otherwise mundane pictures of memorable gatherings into what can only be described as works of art.
When choosing a wedding photographer, it is vitally important for the clients to see examples of your past work. They’ll want to get a feel for your personal style. Make sure you choose a wide variety of samples that illustrate your array of talents.
From the humorous.
To the beautiful.
And everything in between!
Finding out exactly what your clients want is of the utmost importance. Make sure you know if the wedding you’ll be shooting is more traditional or laid-back, and what style of pictures they may want. Remember, the clients aren’t just choosing you, you are choosing them as well. Be honest about your ability to fulfill their needs, and if you feel you can’t, DO NOT accept the job. You run the risk of not only ruining your reputation as a photographer, but, more importantly, their special day.
Good news: chances are, as an experienced wedding photographer, you are adaptable enough to work with almost any client! And if you are just starting out, experience is the best teacher you can have. Never be afraid to let your creativity show, and suggest your own ideas for different shots YOU feel will work best. Trust me, the happy couple wants to hear your ideas! Always balance your intuition behind the lens with your clients’ desires.
The collaboration between the photographer and clients are what gives pictures that intangible ‘spark’ that will help attract new business. Have fun and keep snapping!
Maybe it’s because I grew up near the ocean and the air constantly moved; literally, from gentle breeze to hurricane.
Photographs, in which the wind is blowing, seem to bring the photos to life…more of a still video, if you will.
I know, it sounds like an oxymoron…but look at the pictures I have chosen.
The Windy Wedding....
Movement & Flow
although the landscape and the subjects are still, there is motion.
Numerous photos are taken at remote locations, quite a few at the beach, however, when it comes to choosing, it seems the most popular pics are those with the characters smiling at the camera, hair and clothing lying flat.
These examples show the skill of a photographer to work with nature, to connect his camera to the moment…and yes…to save that still video, forever.
It is fascinating how in particular the engagement session photos can capture the sparks and excitement of young blossoming love.
In this particular session you can feel and almost touch the love and chemistry between soon to be husband and wife- Jacinta and Ben.
Below we look at some of the best poses for their engagement session (prewedding).
Black and white Engagement Session
There is something about black and a white photo that makes an engagement session a little more unique.
We captured these two love birds in a black and white portrait with a simple background. This photo is ageless.
Single Portraits are also critical for the complete engagement session.
We had separate single shots of a smiling Jacinta and Ben.
These photos capture their individuality and they are pieces they can cherish for a long time, to be cherished even by their kid's kids!
We also played around with single portraits on blank backgrounds.
Sitting by the roadside
In this engagement session photograph we have the couple sitting by the roadside with impeccable sunrays in the background.
It’s a beautiful shot that not only captures the couple’s chemistry but also the beauty of nature at the same time.
Between the trees
We got playful with nature by having a shot Jacinta and Ben pose between trees. It’s a unique shot that is sweet and celebrates nature too.
Walk in the park
This is a really romantic shot of Jacinta and Ben in the park. It’s a casual, more relaxed shot that celebrates young love.
Embracing the engagement session
This is a lovely shot of the two love birds holding each other. We have Ben holding Jacinta from behind as they smile at the camera. In another engagement session image we have them kissing slightly in a long shot.
We brought a unique twist to the bench shot. Capturing the couple from behind getting a candid genuine moment as they laugh and look lovingly at each other. What's more romantic?
Lying on the ground
Another romantic shot is this one. Having the couple lying on the ground laughing and looking at each other is just magical and romantic in a cute way.
Chances are, as a modern consumer of wedding images, you’ve seen many examples of what wedding photography SHOULD look like. The main question is Candid vs Traditional. Have times changed? Are we sure about what this should ABSOLUTELY NOT end up in a couple’s wedding album?
We exist in an exciting time for creativity in photography. That being said, remember that so-called ‘traditional’ photography still has a place in many clients’ hearts.
The ‘Candid’ Approach:
Intimate. Personal. Compelling. Or downright wacky.
This approach is meant to capture the essence of what this couple means to one another. Perhaps they are rabid football fans who cheer for opposing teams…CAPTURE IT! One couple I worked with wanted their pictures done on a baseball diamond, with the groomsmen and bridesmaids facing off against one another in a quick game. Get these fun moments on film! If the bride is an avid gardener, photograph her among her flowers, or a nearby scenic garden! A good rule of thumb is that if the couple mentions a specific interest to you, or it is incorporated into their ceremony, elaborate on it. If the happy couple decides to ride off on a motorcycle after their ceremony, chances are they will want more than a few pictures of themselves on their bike. Find out during your interview process what interests them!
Always listen to your couple’s desires when it comes to taking their once-in-a-lifetime pictures!
A ‘Traditional’ Approach:
Weddings are nothing if not steeped heavily in tradition. For this reason, for most shoots you’ll end up doing quite a few classic poses and themes. The First Kiss. The Wedding Party. Family Portraits. These are an incredibly vital part of any wedding and cannot be discounted. Traditional photography can feel boring or even staged at times, but there’s a reason it’s a tradition: because it works!
Always pay homage to the tried and true!
A truly great wedding photographer incorporates both of these aspects into their pictures seamlessly. Mix the fun themes that define your couple with the elements that make up the ceremony. Think outside the box. Find ways to pull beautiful scenery into static poses. Change shooting angles to capture the unexpected. Develop your individual style as a professional and showcase it to the best of your abilities.
Lastly, if you aren’t having fun, you are in the wrong business! Photography is a passion, so much more than just pointing a camera and taking a picture. So, as always, have fun and keep snapping!