I've been looking through a lot of wedding photography forums, social media sites and blogs over the last few months, to ensure that I’m staying up to date in the world of everything wedding photography related. I’ve been getting a growing feeling of dissatisfaction in what I’m seeing, and this evening I finally came across one that was different, which crystallised my thinking. It's a community on Google+ called Not the Bride and Groom; I think this is a great idea. It’s all about the photos that really complete the story of a wedding.
It's often the case amongst wedding photographers that, in a bid to outdo one another, they will fire off a stream of photos to different groups with descriptions like "What do you think of this?"; "One I did yesterday"; or a convoluted sequence of camera settings intended to impress timid photographers. Almost all of the photos are different couples in similar poses and after a while of looking through the posts it becomes clear that, as far as wedding photography goes, there's not much wedding there. It's a real shame.
What you'll rarely see in these photostreams are any guests - it's a photographers version of “peacocking”. To me however, the guests are as much a part of the wedding day as the bride and groom are. By this glaring omission, those photographers say a lot about what their approach to wedding photography is. We think very differently at Fern Wedding Photography; the bride, groom, guests, your interactions and everything in between are what make each wedding day special. Without all of that, it’s just two people in some pretty outfits.
And so, to bring me back to "Not the Bride and Groom", I love this concept – it speaks directly to what I believe in. It's a place where the talented and the thoughtful can share a few wedding photography moments and a little something extra of what makes your wedding day sparkle.
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