There are a lot of things that we love about working as DC wedding photographers who also serve Hannover, Germany. One, without a doubt, stands out more than the others. That would be the opportunity to help brides and grooms preserve the special memories from their wedding day for the lifetime they will spend together. We genuinely love making people happy. A wedding is among the most joyous occasions in the lives of the couple committing to each other for eternity. Giving them permanent reminders of that day and those moments brings us tremendous pleasure.
Another thing about wedding and engagement photography that gets us excited is the outlet for creativity that it gives us. Just mentioning it makes us want to aim our cameras at a pair of fiancés or newlyweds! We believe that documenting a marriage event photographically is essentially a storytelling process. Our job (at least as we see it) is to create photographs that, when viewed in full, narrate that story. Ideally, a Washington, DC, wedding photographer’s images should not just tell the tale of the matrimonial day. They should also give the viewer a sense of the history of their time together. That person should understand the feelings that brought them to the altar to exchange their vows. To produce images that do that, we need to use every ounce of our creativity. We need to find the important moments and the best angles. We need to light selectively to highlight or deemphasize things. We need to find settings as beautiful as the couple’s love for one another.
A perhaps less-obvious element of being DC wedding photographers that appeals to us is the attention to detail it requires. The best wedding and engagement photographs always have one thing in common: every element in them is perfect. Nothing in the frame is irrelevant, and everything that is present is exactly where it is meant to be. We are perfectionists by nature; neither of us is ever quite satisfied with the images we create. We always see things we could have done differently or better. A perfection can sometimes be frustrating for a Washington, DC, wedding photographer. But it is a very good thing for the future brides and grooms who hire us! Our desire to make our pictures perfect means that we are constantly striving to get everything right. And that means that our brides and grooms are always getting our best effort.
This particular image is a great example of how much those little details in a photograph’s composition matter. It also shows what can be achieved by paying attention to them. We took this picture at the Noltemeyerbrücke subway station in Hannover during an engagement shoot for this lovely couple. They wanted their portraits to have an urban feel, and this metro stop seemed an ideal choice. It is well-lit and has an eye-catching suspension bring over it.
To begin this portion of their engagement session, we had them stand on the platform and look into one another’s eyes. We set up a flash in front of them to bring them out of the darkness. To get a little separation between them and the station behind them, we also put lighting behind them. That also gave the photos some depth. We got some nice shots of the couple posing in this way. But we felt like something was missing. The images lacked oomph. To address that, we added one of the little details we mentioned above. Before taking the next photographs, we sprayed hairspray in the air behind the future bride and groom. We then illuminated the mist with the light from the flash. This gave the resulting image a moodier and more ethereal feel that looks great, in our professional opinion. The future spouses certainly thought so! Thanks to those little touches, this photo was their favorite of the entire session.
Location: Noltemeyer Bridge, Hannover, Germany.
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