Capturing candid and real moments and creating gorgeous images from that is something that brings me so much joy. It is what I love most about documenting weddings. I am not one to ‘create a moment’ and with that, I thrive on documenting what happens throughout the course of the day. From the bridal prep all the way to the first dance during the reception, I watch and wait for the beautiful emotions that come along with the events. To ensure that I am able to capture what happens as it happens, I like to share some tips with my couples because setting the stage for that beautiful image is important.
My favorite part of the reception is the bride and groom’s first dance. I can say this a million times over, I am a mushy-hopeless-romantic, so there is nothing better to me than listening to a beautiful song and watching a newly married couple dance away to it. The looks, the emotion, the singing that takes place during these short few minutes are what makes these series of photos magnificent. The majority of this time, I’m zoomed in and focused on the couple. I need to see their faces, the placement of their hands, their movement … you get the picture here.
With that said, here is my absolute number one tip for you: hold a hand!! Dance the ‘old school’ way. Whether you hold your hands out or close to your bodies, it doesn’t matter, because with those holding of hands, I can most importantly see your face. From that, it gives me the opportunity to capture all of that incredible emotion and moments that come along with it. This is your big moment during your reception and I want to see it … and trust me, when the day is over and you are looking through your gallery, SO DO YOU!! The ever-so-popular-middle-school-dance move with both arms thrown over his shoulder will mostly give you two things in your photos, elbows and armpits. Trust me, that is not a good look for any photo. With both arms up and over his shoulders, it not only gives that lovely view of parts you don’t really want to see in photos, but it most importantly restricts the view of your faces. Yes, it gets your bodies super close, but then you don’t really have an open view.
So hold a hand, enjoy the moment, and let your guests … and ME, witness that moment.
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