Hello friends. Today let’s talk candidly about candid wedding moments.
First off the meaning of candid via google.
1. truthful and straightforward; frank.”his responses were remarkably candid”synonyms: frank, outspoken, forthright, blunt, open, honest, truthful, sincere, direct, plain-spoken, straightforward, ingenuous, bluff;
2.(of a photograph of a person) taken informally, especially without the subject’s knowledge.synonyms: unposed, informal, uncontrived, impromptu, natural”candid shots”.
My journey into wedding photography started back in 2003 before digital cameras were common. I was trained traditionally with a film camera to work off a list of must have photos of the wedding day. An example of a must have photo would be bride and mother after she gets her dress on. If this moment did not happen on a wedding day I would have to make it happen among many others on “the list”. The difference between a candid photo of this and something that had to happen for a list often showed a lack of real emotion in the latter. Here’s a couple examples of the moment naturally happening.
Does candid mean that you need to be sneaky and unseen? No, as a wedding photographer, it is our job to be the moment collector. While working observationally and with respect to all situations, people tend to let there guards down and be natural while being aware of your presence.
I prefer real moments over staged ones because I believe it shows what really happens on a wedding day and the authentic personalities of not only the bride and groom, but the family and friends as well.
One of my favorite wedding photographers that focus on candid real moments is Ian Weldon. I highly suggest taking a look at his work to see a huge selection of great candid/documentary/street style wedding photography. Ian has a very quirky, gritty approach that shows a lot of fun, off kilter and mundane moments photographed unusually. Take a look and enjoy. More on candid wedding photography soon!