Working as a Greenwich wedding photographer in charge of documenting a wedding demands you to be hidden, inconspicuous and taking pictures in a way that your clients are oblivious to. With so many things going on at once, you can be overwhelmed and may enter in a haste mode, going here and there snapping pictures of the moment from perfect angles. Before you know it, you are already making a scene and eyes are shifting from your clients to you. Worst case ever!
Why You Should Not Stand Out
For obvious reasons, the wedding is about the bride and groom celebrating the happiest day together. Tying the knot is something that happens only once in a lifetime and that is why they want a complete documentary of the day in a bespoke wedding album. You have to stay as low profile as possible because:
- Your clients are not familiar with you. Noticing that someone they are not close with are snapping multiple pictures of them may cause distress or awkward expression.
- The guests may begin to notice your… presence. It’s not that you need to become invisible literally, but guests that keep looking at you won’t make great candid pictures.
Many clients want their wedding recorded in such a way like a movie. They want those aesthetic and candid pictures done, yet they are probably awkward and shy in front of camera. To produce that natural expressions and pictures, you need to be invisible in a sense that the bride and groom won’t exactly notice you with your camera taking secret pictures of them.
How to be invisible
Wear nice, but not too nice
The first step to this is to blend in. Because you are not officially a guest and there’s less likely that you’d know anyone there, at the very least you can do is to wear appropriately. Fill your wardrobe with several formal outfits that you are comfortable to work in. Of course, you should not wear the same thing over and over again; guests are also eager to take pictures too, and it would be quite a scene if they notice the same Greenwich wedding photographer in the same outfit in some other weddings.
On the other hand, you should not be wearing something too fancy that attract too much attention from the people. Having people looking at you will just make it impossible to take candid pictures and even distract them from paying attention to the bride and groom.
Knowing the venue
If visiting the venue before the wedding day is impossible, arriving much earlier would be the least you can do. With all the decorations in place, analyze and test shot from various angles when guests haven’t arrived. After familiarizing the venue, you won’t spend that much time during the actual event shifting from one place to another.
To lessen the movements you need to make and gain even more perspectives of the moment to maximize the result, hire a second photographer to lend you a hand. If hiring an extra hand is impossible…
Wireless radio trigger
Have a second camera ready and use a trigger to take the shot at the same time. This way, you can still get double angles, but preparation will take time.
The less the better. Flash definitely attracts attention and can even surprises guests or your clients. When you choose to use it, make sure it worth the attention and disturbance. Another trick you can do is to bouce the flash by shoving a reflector to make sure they don’t startle anyone or get a DSLR camera that lets you swivel it to the right direction.