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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Wedding Photography That Goes Beyond the Surface Details

A lot of wedding porn bugs me. It tends to accentuate all the little details of the day: the flowers at the end of the pews, the bouquets, the centerpieces, the wedding favors, the bride's shoes...

I get why there's lots of photography of such things: brides tend to put a lot of time and energy (not to mention money) into these details. Hence they become items that need to be photographed.

But it becomes a self-perpetuating cycle. Once brides-to-be start looking at wedding porn on websites and in magazines, they become convinced that they, too, need to obsess about the details. Then they spend a lot of time/energy/money on the details and those become things that need to be photographed.


I don't believe a wedding is in the surface details. I believe a wedding is in the words, the actions, and the energy.

That's what I like to see photos of.

I want to see the wedding party and the guests doing things. Laughing, eating, talking, dancing. Whatever fun stuff there is to do at a wedding (and there should be lots of it), that's what I want to see.

I also like the shots that capture the bride and the groom playing together.

Here's an example from a profile that Ariel did over at Offbeat Bride. The fun in their relationship is transparent. I understand that their "fun session" was potentially contrived by the photographer (i.e., "Let's get some candid shots of you two together.") but at least the photos are dynamic. The energy is palpable.

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Amanda said...

I completely agree with you here. When my fiance and I first got engaged we just wanted to elope. Then once we were talked out of eloping we decided to just have a ceremony on the beach with only our parents invited. Then just our parents turned into our grandparents, then our cousins, etc. Now I have a year subscription to Martha Stewart Weddings, a diet plan, and I'm losing my freaking mind (literally. I can't sleep at night!).

Thanks for bringing me back down to Earth. I love your blog!

Anonymous said...

amanda - my top tip would be to only allow yourself to have a couple of hours a week looking at wedding porn.. it nearly drove me insane. Thank god I am getting married in 30 days so I can think about other stuff. I have goals dammnit!! LOL

Once again Sara - you are spot on

Cate Subrosa said...

I told our photographer: I want to see humanity, naturalness, the capturing of moments between people.

That is it.

Now we just cross fingers and hope he delivers :)

Cate Subrosa said...

What am I talking about "now we just cross fingers?" Of course what I meant is now we just HAVE FUN!

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