- Wedding: October 2018 - LDS Seattle Temple & Hotel 1000
I think the problem with this question is that creative portraits don’t usually about because a bride made a list. If you send me a list of a bunch of shots you want me to take, I spend my time worrying about making sure I please you with your list of shots instead of focusing on capturing how your day really went. Most creative and unique portraits seem to happen because of a few different factors:
1. A photographer with an eye/talent for creativity. Some photographers are brilliantly creative and use angles and post-processing that create one-of-a-kind shots, some are crazy funny and get lots of smiles, some work with light in ways I can’t believe, others excel at capturing shots that convey real emotion. The key is hiring someone based on their photos, not on their price. It’s not going to work if you hire the “real emotion” photog, in hopes you are going to get the one who works with light in incredible ways.
2. The couple facilitates creativity by incorporating prop or interesting locations. When you see photo shoots with lollipops, balloons, old schoolhouses, etc, it’s usually because the couple came up with the ideas and made it happen, not the photographer. As a photographer I don’t know YOU well enough to come up with this stuff, and if my clients want something other than a park or shots by a lake I need them to brainstorm with me beforehand. What are some items/locations that really describe you as a couple? Incorporate those in your photos, use them to help you relax and interact with each other in unique ways.
3. The couple knows how to interact with each other naturally in front of the camera and they aren’t constnatly turning to the photographer and asking “What do I do now?” The majority of exciting and creative photography work now is done by photographers who bill themselves as a cross between photojournalistic and traditional. A true photojournalist doesn’t coach anything, they just capture things as they happen. A traditional photographer coaches everything. I personally like the style of those who are an even mix of the two, letting emotions come through and capturing them as they happen, but also providing help to clients who are feeling lost or awkward. Unfortunately sometimes I get clients who want me to show/tell them how to do every little things. The easiest way to avoid the “What do I do now?” experience? Do an engagement session! It provides an opportunity to loosen up in front of the camera and learn what kind of photographer you are going to be working with on your wedding day.
4. The couple, instead breaking apart in between each pose, makes small changes to the way they are posing to come up with different angles, looks, etc. It’s difficult to coach those kind of things without it feeling forced, and in turn looking forced. Sit next to him and hold hands and both look over at the camera, then one of you looks at the photographer, then both of you look away, then both of you laugh (try it! it really is possible to laugh on command because you will both end up laughing at your own ridiculousness), then lean into him and whisper into his ear. Those might not be the most creative things you’ve ever seen, but you doing that, combined with your photographer moving in and our trying different angles, will yeild REAL photos, which I think are the best kind anyway.