One of the most sought after effects in wedding photography is the casual or candid look. It is more highly regarded as natural wedding photography. This is trickier than it sounds because the photographer is tasked to make the photos look authentic or natural, like he’s just watching scenes from daily life, without having it look too ordinary or bland. There is a balance that needs to be juggled and it is still an ever evolving craft. Taking candid photos may not be new to you but wedding photography is a whole new different playing field. The photos still require the same professional finish, more effects and finishing touches, a theme or sense of story, and more importantly, make the subjects naturally look their best without looking too contrived. Achieving this is definitely possible with a few tips in mind.
Ask if the subjects are willing to do a photo walk
This is particularly nice if the location is nice looking such as a beach, a really nicely maintained garden, a lush forest, or a turn-of-the-century Victorian mansion. The idea of having the subjects walk is that they are more at ease, their bodies relax, and on top of that, you get to factor in the wonderful background and include all of them in your photo composition. As an added touch, for the couple photos, ask them to talk about anything and everything. Talking gets rid of the awkwardness and discomfort some people feel with having their photos taken.
Make small talk and build rapport with your subjects
There are times when the photographer may come off as a wee bit intimidating especially when they wear serious looks on their faces and when they don’t say a thing. Clients usually misconstrue these behavioral details as possible signs of arrogance or criticism but that is not always the case. Some photographers just aren’t that chatty and they’re probably not smiling because they’re more focused on getting those perfect shots. You can break the ice by conversing with them in between takes. Keep it light and keep it friendly. Ask them if they’re doing OK. Ask them what they think about the venue and what they loved about it since they chose it. Crack an occasional joke just to make them smile but never go beyond what is appropriate.
And speaking of conversation, this usually works for the women; do not be afraid to compliment them. Women have an almost instantaneous blushing and smiling response to genuine sounding compliments so keep it short and simple and more importantly, straight from the heart. Again, you are supposed to stay within the appropriate boundaries of complimenting. Too much complimenting may already sound like you’re flirting and that’s definitely not the best way to go about with it especially if you’re male and you’re the one filming the bride.
Promote personality and egg them on to have fun during the shoot. Let them be comfortable enough to have fun and be themselves in front of the camera.