When you engage photojournalistic destination wedding photographers to document your marriage celebrations, you are hiring us to give you a visual narrative of your wedding day. The photos you receive should allow you to re-experience all the emotions you felt when you tied the knot. To make sure we fulfill those expectations, we will be working constantly and tirelessly. We will follow with our cameras everything that happens as the day unfolds. We will also know intuitively which moments matter most, thanks to our experience helping couples like you document their love stories.
The kind of unforgettable documentary matrimonial photography you want requires more of your destination wedding photographers, though. They also need to have a gift for telling your story creatively. Finding someone who can narrate the course of your wedding day in pictures is important. Hiring professionals who can do that in an emotionally impactful way will give something that you will treasure forever.
With that in mind, we strive to turn every significant moment of your nuptials into a compelling and powerful photograph using different creative techniques. There are a lot of ways in which we inject creativity into the stories we tell in our pictures. For starters, we experiment with new and different angles. Or we layer our compositions such that the photos tell stories within stories. Or we use flashes to spotlight certain areas, create beautiful starbursts or heighten the contrast in the image. In addition, we apply colored “gels” to our artificial lighting to make the pictures’ hues more visually interesting.
What we will not do, however, as photojournalistic destination wedding photographers is alter the proceedings to make for better pictures. Few things are more beautiful on film than raw and unfiltered human feelings. For that reason, we will not stage scenes or ask you and your spouse-to-be to act out scenarios. This is your wedding day, not ours. We want you to experience your marriage celebrations on your own terms. That way, the emotions you feel and the moments that happen will be real and genuine.
There are, of course, some portions of a marital event that allow for more creative freedom. Couples portraits, for example, give even photojournalistic destination wedding photographers more license to create. The more structured nature of this part of a marriage celebration means that we can get more involved in setting up shots.
With more time to arrange things, we can do just about anything we can dream up. For example, we can choose locations that make you look your best and that add context to the images at the same time. We can position ourselves and you nearly anywhere we want. Or we can photograph you from close up or from far away. We can tinker with your posing to ensure that you look great together. Though we prefer to let you pose naturally, we can and will make adjustments as necessary.
It also helps that you will be in a stationary and largely motionless position during the couples portrait portion of your day. That means we can use lighting however we want without having to worry about anyone moving or getting in the way. It also allows us to employ interesting and unusual visual effects. While our couples pose together, we can take the time to create beautiful compositions around them.
That is what we did when we took this couples portrait of two newlyweds outside of Hannover Germany. After their courthouse wedding, they brought us to nearby Schloss Bückeburg for their portraiture. That historic castle and wedding venue is surrounded by beautiful wooded areas that are lovely spots for pictures of newly-married partners. One location that we particularly liked was a small pond not far from the main castle building. It was down slightly below the forest floor, and the banks leading to it were ringed by plants with huge leaves. As you can see in this image, that vegetation gave the area around the couple a nice and interesting texture on film.
What makes the picture really pop, however, is the extra elements that we added to it using the aforementioned extra creative freedom that couples portraits allow destination wedding photographers. The sky that day was filled with white clouds with visually pleasing shapes. We thought that it would be nice to bring a bit of that to the photographs. Taking an extremely wide-angle shot that would have rendered the newlyweds ant-like in size. So instead, we created a reflection of the sky that laid the clouds over the existing frame. How did we do it, you might ask? We used a cell phone! We held our smart phone up near our lens, and the device’s reflective surface brought the sky and clouds into the composition. The result was a dreamy and multi-textured image that the bride and groom absolutely loved!Destination wedding (14), Destination Weddings (10), Germany wedding (5).
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