Five Key Tips to Being a Minimalistic Photographer
Hello and happy Tuesday! I’m so thrilled to be writing to you from the Laurel Avenue blog today. These girls do everything they do so well, it’s an honor to be included in their blog. Thanks, ladies!
Every weekend in wedding season I wake up and have an entirely new wedding to face - a new couple at a different venue, unpredictable weather, different vendors, and often I’m in a different state or even occasionally a different country. As a wedding photographer, I value so many things about what I do and one of the best parts of my job is that it’s constantly changing. Shooting in different places with different people each weekend can be challenging but it’s also something I love - it diversifies my work and makes me into a better artist.
However, each weekend there are a few key things I take with me into every wedding to keep my style consistent across the board. I’m excited to share five of these key things to taking minimal photos with you today! No matter where the wedding is or what the aesthetic is like, I’m using the below five steps to document your wedding day.
1. Removing distractions in detail shots
When I show up to a bride’s getting ready space on the morning of her wedding, often times there are at least a few girls getting ready for the day with make-up and hair accessories everywhere. When I grab the bride’s details to photograph, I want to find a space that is minimal, has great light and doesn’t have distractions. Often I’ll use a windowsill or a chair with pretty fabric next to a window to isolate the details to show them off well.
2. Working the ceremony space
This really depends on what kind of ceremony you’re photographing. If the ceremony is outside, you typically have room to walk all the way around on both sides, which is always my preference. I’m able to get shots of the parents watching the ceremony as well as guests’ reactions and better angles on the vows. If the ceremony is in a chapel or a narrow room, this gets tricky as you don’t have room to walk along the sides, so you’re left to use a longer lens in the aisle to get the reaction shots you need.
3. Taking the bride and groom out into nature to get away
Getting married is overwhelming, to say the least. I always try to steal the bride and groom away after the ceremony for at least 10-15 minutes to give them some time to breathe and to take some photos of them post-vows. Typically they’re both so emotional and giddy at this point that it makes for really great photos, and allows them the chance to be together even for a second before returning to their family and friends. My ideal is to always take them somewhere in nature opposed to a cityscape for more solitude and quiet in the middle of an insane wedding day.
4. Always looking for moments
I’m looking for moments from the second I walk into the bride’s getting ready room that morning. This continues on into the reception - I’m always looking for family members exchanging hugs, the bride holding her grandmother’s hand, the groom watching his bride from across the reception hall. Things like this make up real stories to me, and so I want to make sure I’m aware of everything that’s happening during a wedding to the best of my ability.
5. Getting great reception candids
This last one blends into #4 a little bit, but I’m always all about those candids. Family portraits are important but I can almost always guarantee I can get a better photo of your mom laughing during speeches than when everyone is standing up stiffly in front of the camera, smiling for a family photo. Both are important - so I try and look for candids throughout the entire reception. Speeches are always the best time for this, as everyone’s paying attention to the head table and there’s almost always a lot of a laughter (and often tears!)
And there you have it! If you’re a bride, I hope these tips gave you an insight into what your photographer’s mindset is on your wedding day. More than anything, we’re here for you and want to help in any way we can. Let’s take some incredible wedding photos!