Photojournalism & Candid Wedding Photography | Photos Edge
#1 tip for finding the best photojournalist and candid wedding photographer
When guests and the wedding couple really embrace us as their photographers the line is crossed into friendship, all of a sudden I get the best candid photos on the dance floor and throughout the day. If our couples love us, their guests do too.
The music was basing, hands were in the air, and while the lights were flashing to the beat of the music I danced around the floor with the guests, capturing some great moments. When the song changed, I smiled huge, did a little happy dance, and turned to photograph the groom with this buddies who where singing along. The groom and his friends pointed to me as the shutter went down, freezing this wonderful moment in time.
In my experience the best candid moments come from guests feeling comfortable with the photographer. Your guests need to be themselves without feeling judged.
Do you want to know my secret to happy candid fun guests? Make a real connection with the photographer before you hire them. You may be thinking to yourself, “How do I find that?” Well.. It’s easy!
#1 BEST way to tell if a photographer is going to be amazing with your guests.
Have a simple phone consultation before you hire them!
That one phone call will tell you a lot about how the photographer will react with your family and friends. A few things to ask yourself when talking to them. Do they make you feel comfortable? Are they honest and trust worthy? And are they sincere? What is your gut reaction? By the end of that phone consult, if it went well, you should be ready to book that photographer right then.
It is true that you are going to spend a day with your photographer, but your guests do not get that long to warm up. Wedding couples who want fun photojournalism and bold candid photos have to find a photographer that they can connect with in a matter of seconds, like a new found friend that just happens to be a world class pro photographer.
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship. – Ralph Waldo Emerson