Wedding Workshop Seven | Photographing Group Portraits: The Collapse
The “collapse” introduces yet another motion-driven concept. After cueing your subjects to capture a traditional, symmetrical group shot, ask them to collapse in toward the center of the frame (or lean into the subjects in the center) and simply capture the moments that follow. This concept works especially well when only the subjects on each side of the bride and groom know that the action will be cued with the word “collapse.” The unsuspecting bride and groom’s candid reactions will produce moments worth remembering.
If you are using flash to light these sequences, be sure the light angle is high enough to avoid casting shadows on certain subjects when they move out of line and lean/step into the center of the image. Natural light usually works best when it’s available.