Thursday, November 22, 2007

11/22/07: Be sure to over-do the main course!

Today being Thanksgiving or "turkey day" in the United States I wanted to take an opportunity to remind photographers to always over-do the main thing. If you are hired to photograph a wedding...don't forget to get LOTS of pictures of just the bride and groom alone. I've heard from people who've told me that their photographer didn't get enough (or, perish the thought, ANY!) formal pictures of the bride and groom alone. I realize that a lot of emphasis has been placed on purely photojournalistic photography at weddings these days...but that doesn't mean your clients want JUST candid pictures! In all likelihood there are going to be parents and grandparents who want, expect, and deserve good quality posed pictures -- at the very least, a wide assortment of candids that show them just the main subjects of the day!

So remember to "keep the main thing the main thing!" It's better to have too much than not enough when it comes to pictures of life events like weddings!

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Blogger Irene said...

Hi! I am have just started getting into photography and really enjoyed looking through your blog! I have a long way to go, but really love to hear to any an all tips!

I just wanted to comment on this suggestion regarding weddings. My SIL had this exact same problem. Her photographer took maybe two pictures of just her and her husband, and neither were very good! She was devastated! He was so completely into trying to create unique shots, that he completely lost focus. They ended up with a lot of really dumb looking pictures. It is amazing that a photographer could actually "forget" to get simple bride/groom pictures! But it happens!

7:07 AM, November 26, 2007  
Blogger Daniel J. Watkins said...

Thanks for checking out the site Irene! I worked for other studios for many, many years...then took a break for grad school and started a digital imaging company doing videos and photo restorations, etc. It was only after hearing one too many stories of people who didn't get what they wanted from their wedding or other portrait photography that I decided to jump back into photography. :)

7:49 PM, November 26, 2007  

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