Forget the Technical & Look for the In-Between Moments

In this chapter, we share ideas on how to incorporate the techniques we’ve covered throughout this workshop to create more interesting group portraits and not miss special moments when they unfold in front of you.

It is important to remember the significance of the moments you are capturing. Weddings serve not only as important days for brides and grooms, but also for the families who attend the weddings in support of the newlyweds. While photographers can fall into the trap of feeling as though they’re just capturing another wedding, clients are in actuality experiencing reunions and moments that may never happen again.

It’s not often that family from both sides of the bride and groom get dressed up and meet at the same place and time. When special moments are unfolding, such as grandma sitting by and talking to the bride, try not to get caught up in the technical aspects needed to capture the moment. Instead, take the photo before the moment is gone. Once you’ve done that, you can consider creative/thoughtful setups to build on those moments (such as inviting in other guests to sit with grandma and the bride, etc.).

Some photographers may argue that they are photojournalists and only capture natural moments without ever interacting with the subjects, using posing cues and whatnot; however, each of the moments captured in the images above will carry significant meaning to those in the photos, and the action likely wouldn’t have happened unless cued by the photographer.

Natural interaction can arise from cued moments, and those in-between moments are sometimes as important, if not more important, than the shot you originally intended to take.