A candid photographer for weddings is one of the hardest working jobs.
Earl and I describe our style as creative and candid. We take time to use off-camera flash, and fancy gear to create epic portraits and amazing style photographs; however, the real work comes in documenting real moments in real time.
Shooting as a candid photographer is as exhausting as it is rewarding. Often times people tell us that they love our candid work. They tell us that they can really feel like we know how to capture the feelings and moments of the day.
We love hearing this because it’s something we work at constantly and is actually an epic feat to accomplish.
In order for us to be photojournalist, we dont hang back and capture our subjects by observing them as zoo animals. We emerge ourselves in the moments and let the emotions wash over us. We are engaging in the conversation, learning the social dynamic of our clients friends and family. We are constantly listening and watching at all times trying to anticipate moments. Guessing what someone might do or say or cause a laugh, watching children as they run around, keeping an eye on the stoic grandfather as he talks to the groom to see what might evolve into a reaction. It’s exhausting! We are constantly “on.”
While there is a lot of luck to capturing those amazing laughs, perfect tears, etc. it is all balanced with a lot of skill and effort throughout the entire wedding day.
So we relish when we get complimented on being a good candid photographer because it means we nailed it! We achieved something that we understand to be difficult to achieve, and also delivered something truly amazing for our clients. We even win awards from time to time from organizations like Fearless or WPJA
We talk more about it on last years discussion of photojournalism.
For those of you inspired by those real candid moments, feast your eyes on our collection of great moments from last season.