Wedding Photography Ideas

by William Lulow

Obviously, I’m not just a wedding photographer, but I do shoot my share of weddings. I love to shoot weddings because I find that it’s a chance to make some beautiful images. Everyone is dressed up and looking their best, and they are also ready and willing subjects whenever interesting ideas for photographs strike. As a lighting expert, I’m always on the lookout for photogenic situations, poses and locations. Also, weddings are really a chance to tell a story. It’s the story of the couple’s wedding day and should have a beginning, a middle and an end. I always liked the idea of the bride and groom, alone in a sort of pensive pose as an ending shot.  Sometimes, I can wait for the end of the day to find something and other times, I have to “set it up.” If I find a quiet moment, I can sometimes pull the couple aside for a shot like this one:

TheresaGaryStepsEndWEB_603During the course of the event, you have to be able to think fast and take advantage of opportunities.  A “setup shot” doesn’t have to detract from the reportage quality of the shoot and can often add not only a sense of place, but provide a beautiful image as well.