Photography Tip: Slow Down

As wedding photographers our days can last from 10 hours to 15 hours. Talk about getting in your “steps” on a wedding day, can I get an AMEN! But, the best part is that this time seems to fly by because we are doing what we LOVE, what we were created to do. Every wedding day is exciting, moving, thrilling and fast pace. We totally get it, it is so easy to get completely caught up in the forward fast pace momentum of the day.

However, over the years we have learned that slowing down is the better option to…

  1. Serve our couples well
  2. Document gorgeous creative photos of our couples

Taking in a deep breath of peace and then allowing that peace to flow from us brings joy to everyone on a wedding day. But most of all it allows our couples to feel relaxed, confident and stress free. Every couple on their wedding day deserves to be well taken care of. When we are at peace it relays the message that everything is under control, on time and going well.

And what makes for the most GORGEOUS photos… A couple who is happy, relaxed, full of confidence and deeply in love. 

As professional photographers we are the ones who need to create an environment which allows our couples to feel this way. It is this type of environment which facilitates the ability to document photos that see into the truest part of our couples love story and soul.

Truth is, there is no reason to run around like a madman or madwoman;) on a wedding day.  Letting the “fast pace” of a wedding day get the better of you ends with a stressed out couple and missed priceless photos. Slowing down to tune in with your couples will make a world of difference both for them and the photos.

So fellow Wedding Photogs…
1. Breathe Deep
2. Think about what you are doing
3. Give clear, calm, smiling direction
4. Compose your shots well
5. Check them
6. Move on

Please, please, please don’t just spray and pray. You will end up with a tons low quality photos which equals hours of unnecessary culling, hours of over editing to make up for the lack of composition, lighting and emotion. Your heart and mind will be unsatisfied and your clients will be unhappy with the final delivery.

Instead slow down and be the great photographer you were created to be. 

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