Wedding photography is, well, about photographing a wedding of course. So it’s obvious that you are taking lots of pictures of the bridal couple. During the preparations, the ceremony, cake cutting, the first dance and so on. If you go with the flow to capture the wedding day that usually means that you just have to follow the bride and groom as that’s the place where the action is. But it’s not less important to always turn around to see what’s happening behind your back or even leave the room and check what’s going on in the next room or outside. [Before you do so, always check back with the wedding coordinator that nothing important is happening in the meantime and that they know where to find you in case of an “emergency”]
At the wedding of Sarah & Patrice I suddenly noticed that all the children had “disappeared from my radar” because they were taken care of by a nanny in a separate room downstairs. As the guests were having their meal I sneaked out to see what the children were doing. They had already finished eating and were now having fun playing outside in the meadow in front of the house. This little girl cought my attention as she was very silent, standing there with her mask she had put upside down on her face and observing how the other kids were fighting for the toys. She didn’t even care about the balloon sword someone had lost right in front of here feet and that would have immediately given her the power to rule this place.
For me these “non bridal images” are as important to tell the story of the day than the images actually showing the couple. Because I usually work alone and not with a 2nd shooter or assistant, I don’t have time to do slideshows to show the guests my images right on the wedding day. The bridal couple is paying me to capture every important moment of their wedding day and they are right to expect that I pay full attention to that goal from early in the morning until late in the night when I leave.
By Hochzeitsfotograf Daniel Zihlmann