New Positions Create Contemporary Wedding Pictures From Traditional Ones
No matter how contemporary the wedding, or how modern and untraditional the participants, there are key wedding shots that every wedding photographer knows to photograph. The most common of these are the traditional clusters of relatives and wedding participants. Obviously, everyone wants a shot of the bride and groom, and it branches out from there.
* Bride + Mom & Dad
* Bride + Brothers and/or Sisters
* Bride + Bride's immediate family
* Bride + Bride's extended family
* Bride + Maid of Honor
* Bride + Bridesmaids
* and so on... (also repeated with the groom)
Just like shooting family portraits, these shots are a tradition for a reason. They are the classic embodiment of the social and family groupings that make up our lives. The reason they sometimes seem stale, however, is that we've seen these photographs over and over since childhood. How to make them fresh without removing their emotional power is the task of the contemporary wedding photographer.
As a rule of thumb, the wedding photographer should always take the traditional photos. Contemporary wedding shots can be added. In some cases, they will be appreciated merely as the "additional shots" and in other cases, they may take their place of honor in the bride and groom's wedding album instead of the "usual" shot. However, it is always best to let the couple and their families make that decision lest you have unhappy customers.
To jazz up traditional wedding photography of relatives and friend groupings, play around with the order and center of focus.
No matter where the bride stands, her dress calls attention to her, so the traditional rules of photography composition about where your "eye" goes go out the window. Place the bride on the end of the long line of tuxedo wearing men who are part of the wedding party instead of front and center. She won't get lost and the composition will look fresh.
Likewise, try placing the dark suited groom at the end of a line of brightly colored women in the wedding and you'll still notice him.
Finally, get off of the steps in front of the alter or in front of the fountain or ocean view. Shoot with a sprinkler going in the background, or get a long-exposure shot with the highway of rushing cars blurring in the background.