Photography is an interesting art. These days, EVERYONE takes photos. Once in a while, even the most amateur “photographer” will capture a magical shot on their iPhone perfect for Instagram. Unfortunately, this cause many, many very inexperienced people to consider themselves “experts.” The proliferation of Pinterest and DIY photographers (the groom’s cousin just bought a camera off of eBay!), also contribute to the confusion and misinformation circling around wedding photography. Not sure what’s real and what’s just rumors? Good news, Brent Looyenga of Looyenga Photography is setting the record straight and sharing the most common misconceptions he hears about wedding photography.
1. You like “candid” but really you mean you like energetic, genuine smiles.
An actual candid photo is basically completely unplanned. But do people really think that they are standing in that field laughing, and in such a beautiful way, all by accident? Most people feel uncomfortable in front of a camera (to say the least) so direction is important, not just to make it look good, but also for the couple to feel confident. We want to capture “candid” in the best possible scenario. These two photos below the couples were given a lot of direction, but they made it their own within that space.
2. You want natural light – but you don’t
Natural light can be the most beautiful light when it’s the right kind of natural light, but there are SO many times where natural light sucks. Overhead tungsten lights? White fluorescent? A mix of both? What people really want is beautiful, soft, directional light. Doesn’t matter the source. In the two photos below we have two instances where natural light would not have done the venue, the couple or anyone justice. The best man giving a toast is 100% artificial light, but it looks great. It’s flattering, directional, and soft. If this were natural light, we would have shadows under his eyes, the laughing bride would have been spotty, and the background (which is beautiful) completely blown out. Similarly, the couple by the christmas tree are not in a beautiful place with regards to light. So by adding light to them we get natural skin tones while still keeping the warm glow of the christmas lights. It’s not natural, technically, but certainly more beautiful. That isn’t to say natural light isn’t amazing, when it’s available.