Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Silver Mirage wrote:
Very good advise, concentrate on what you are paid for, you are not going to revolutionize photography at a wedding.
Jan 02 13 01:22 am Link
Calhoun, Georgia, US
Jacob delaRosa wrote:
You say "engagement ", I could give all sorts of reasons why, I would not have shot this. Engagement you say, now be ready for the shock when the newspaper bride page crops it down to the couple..
Jan 02 13 01:50 am Link
Iserlohn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Shots like this look good in your portfolio and help attract customers, so keep shooting them, but remember to go close for the couple who just want to see their happy, smiling faces.
You're there, they're there, so shoot it both ways or more if you have time.
Our standard brief for reportage (not just weddings, but 'everything') was always: shoot wide, medium and close, high, middle and low.
Get those shots in the bag before you go 'arty'...
Jan 02 13 02:02 am Link
Los Angeles, California, US
In other words, they don't care about the composition, they care about themselves. First.
Jan 02 13 06:53 pm Link
Glens Falls, New York, US
The idea that you can have 'correct' composition OR an image with 'soul' is a complete myth, perpetuated almost entirely as an excuse by people with poor composition.
As others have said, the problem is not your shooting - it is in remembering what you're being paid for, and doing that. You can do both with your own work, but for paid work they come a distant second and third to making sure the client is big and visible in 90% of the images.
Jan 03 13 08:34 am Link
Tampa, Florida, US
Clients don't give two hoots about a photographer's artistic vision. They care about if you are skilled enough to produce THEIR artistic vision. A big part of that is knowing your client and what they want.
An engagement couple isn't interested in seeing how artistic the photographer is. Their primary concern and objective is receiving shots that represent them well...that they can share with others who will say "Oh, you two look so beautiful..." Not, "Wow, I like what the photographer did with that unique composition."
The attitude that "Hey, you hired me because of my artistic vision and that's what you're getting" is a bit arrogant and won't win many future clients.
But the two aren't mutually exclusive. It's possible to achieve their primary goal AND do it artistically. That's the carrot. But you don't sacrifice the client's needs to satisfy your own vision or ego.
Jan 03 13 08:57 am Link