As a photographer, you want to be able to tell a story with your photography. So as you’re coming into a scene, don’t just roll up and start taking pictures just because it’s a beautiful church, beautiful bride, beautiful groom. You have to be able to tell a story with that scene. So before you even pick up your camera, step away. Put the camera down, look at the scene, absorb the scene, and ask yourself, what is the story here I’m trying to tell? Is it the bride walking into the church? Is it the bride in front of the church? And this can be with your bride or your groom. They can both be there (or your bride and your bride, or your groom and your groom) What is the story that you’re trying to tell?
For this scene, we had a couple of stories we wanted tell. We just had a bride and we wanted to have the church in the background with her in front of it. And then we wanted some portraits where she was kind of walking to the church and moving. So the story would be that she’s heading to the church to get married, maybe she’s late for her wedding day, I don’t know. You insert your story however you want it to be. But the movement gives it more of a story versus her just standing in front of the church.
Great. Story. Check. What’s next?