When you are engaged for a capturing images of a marriage, does it always have to be a haphazard approach where you ensure that you capture all important elements and end it at that? How about a storytelling approach? This would certainly make a difference in the way you approach your assignment as well as the kind of images you capture and the way you organize them.
What is a storytelling approach?
Every event can be told as a visual storyboard. If you take on such an approach, you could not only look at the different elements as entities, but as characters with distinctive roles to play in a story that unfolds around a marriage. In such a case, understanding how a marriage was planned, the community of the families and how they perceive the union is important. Hence, try and spend some time with the couple and their family members or friends in the pre wedding phase. Understand the kind of occasion they plan to have and then plan your approach accordingly.
Pre marriage and the marriage shoots
There would be certain wedding photography in Hong Kongo sessions that will help you detail the beginning of your wedding album story. You could even start with the couple in a casual setting and capture their dynamics before they take on the role of a bride and a groom. This can then move into the details of the wedding trousseau, background of the venue where the wedding would be held and details about the homes of the couple. These elements can help you arrange the setting for your wedding album story.
The way you bring together all the elements of a wedding and culminate them in a grand finish is what would make your marriage album a work of art. Hence, ensure that your wedding shots are arranged as if you are telling a story. Once the background of the couple is captured through certain visual elements, you need to move your focus to capturing the details of the wedding venue, décor details, wedding dresses of the bride, the bridesmaids, the groom and his friends and so on. Final details would comprise of wedding occasion images, reception shots and finally, portrait images of different groups around the couple. You can sue quirky headlines and quotes as well as backdrop elements to design a distinct wedding album for the couple. However ensure that the couple is excited about the way you wish to design their wedding album as it is a theme that should be as per their preferences.