How To Get The Best Candid Photos at your Wedding

How To Get The Best Candid Photos at Your Wedding

Your wedding day is a tapestry of emotions, laughter, and love, all woven together into a beautiful story. To truly capture the essence of these moments, many couples are now leaning towards documentary-style photography. This approach, often referred to as “In The Moment” photography, focuses on candid and unscripted shots that capture the genuine emotions and raw beauty of your special day. Here’s how you can ensure your photographer is set up for success to capture these priceless moments that you’ll cherish forever.

Ditch the Shot List

While shot lists have their place in wedding photography, consider leaving some room for spontaneity. Trust your photographer’s skill and creativity to capture unexpected candid moments that tell your unique love story.

Limit Family Photo Combinations

Family photos are important, but consider limiting them to immediate family members. This allows your photographer more time to capture candid moments and ensures that your family photos are genuine and heartfelt.

Have a Small Bridal Party

A smaller bridal party can translate to a more intimate and less time-consuming photo session. It also allows you to focus on the people who mean the most to you, creating more authentic interactions and moments.

Hire a Photographer You Trust Fully

Finding the right photographer is essential. Look for someone whose work resonates with you, and make sure you have a strong connection. Trust is the cornerstone of capturing intimate, authentic moments.

Hire a Planner

A wedding planner can be your secret weapon for a stress-free and enjoyable day. With a planner handling logistics, you can fully immerse yourself in the moments without distractions. Your planner can help ensure everything runs smoothly, allowing your photographer to capture candid shots effortlessly.

Opt for a First Look

Consider having a “first look” session before the ceremony. This private moment allows you and your partner to share your emotions, and it can also provide an opportunity to capture some formal photos in a more relaxed setting. Getting formalities out of the way earlier in the day leaves more room for spontaneous shots later.

Keep Things Intimate

Intimate weddings often create a more relaxed atmosphere where genuine emotions can flourish. Smaller guest lists mean more meaningful interactions and opportunities for candid, heartfelt photographs.

Your wedding day is a celebration of your love story, and it deserves to be documented in a way that reflects your unique connection. Embrace the beauty of the unplanned, the laughter, the stolen glances, and the moments that make your day truly yours.

Remember, it’s not just about the photos; it’s about the memories and emotions they capture. By following these tips and prioritizing authenticity, you’ll set the stage for your photographer to create a stunning narrative of your wedding day that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Your love story, as told through “In The Moment” or “candid style” wedding photos, will be a timeless treasure that you and your future generations can relive and enjoy.

ARE YOU A BRIDE PLANNING A WEDDING IN 2024 or 2025 and looking for a wedding photographer to capture your once-in-a-lifetime celebration?

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With over thirteen years of experience as a wedding photographer, I have come to realize that it’s the moments that are gone instantaneously that are the most important, and they are rarely planned out. The experience I bring allows me to anticipate these moments, and be ready to artfully document them with ease.

My deepest desire is for you to walk away with imagery from your celebration that transports you back to the raw emotions and unfiltered joy of each unfolding moment.

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