We think that the best DC wedding pictures reveal the love, tenderness and caring that you and your beloved have for one another. Photos of those candid and unscripted moments when your genuine emotions shine through will likely be the ones you value most 20 years from now. They are the images that will feel the realest and the most true for you. And because we are documentary DC wedding photographers, our main focus is delivering those kinds of shots to you.
In our experience, those moments happen more often when you and your beloved feel relaxed and loose. If you are stiff or uncomfortable, your Washington, DC wedding photographers will have a hard time getting photos that are genuine and natural. That is why a crucial part of our job is creating an environment in which you feel at ease. Which is not always easy on what can be a very stressful day!
To do this, we will look for opportunities to help you feel some measure of privacy. Candid wedding photography requires that you and your future spouse forget that you are being photographed. Your entire focus should be on the person with whom you are tying the knot. This is the main reason why we will almost never ask you to look at the camera. Because when you do that, you are connecting with your photographer and not each other.
In the same vein, if your Washington, DC, wedding photographer poses you, the posing should always encourage connection. If possible, your DC wedding photographers should eschew posing altogether. Couples portraits are obviously at their most natural when the photographer does not tamper with the scene. That is why we will sometimes just give you loose instructions when photographing you after your ceremony. We might put you in a particular location and let you interact as you normally would. The idea is that, over time, you and your new spouse will relax and forget that you are being photographed. You will stop being camera-aware and focus on each other. And that is when the genuine emotions come out.
It is an approach to DC wedding photography that is not without risk, of course. Posing newlyweds for their couples portraits gives a Washington, DC, wedding photographer control over the situation. We can ensure that the composition is perfect — that there is nothing distracting in the background, for instance. It is also easier to avoid photos in which the bride or groom is talking or making weird face. In less structured photography, a photographer is almost certain to get images that do not turn out.
When a more naturalistic approach to Washington wedding photography does work, however, the results are stunning. We get images that reveal how you and your beloved feel about one another. You get pictures that show what binds you together and that tells a tiny piece of your love story. You get photos that you will want to put on your mantle and show your future grandkids.
That is what happened with the Washington, DC, wedding pictured here. This bride and groom walking in this image had just tied the knot in a lovely outdoor wedding ceremony. Their venue was the glorious Springfield Manor Winery Distillery Brewery — located in near Frederick, Maryland, in suburban DC. The groom’s father presided over their nuptials, which featured a “blending of the sands” ritual that commemorated the joining of the two families.
Following their exchange of vows, the newlyweds braved the Washington area’s early-autumn heat to stroll around the vineyard’s grounds. We let them walk and interact with one another as though we were not present. and pose for some absolutely epic and unforgettable images. The resulting photos were candid, natural and beautiful. It did not hurt that the rolling hills surrounding the wedding venue injected soft, pleasant colors into the pictures!
The highlight of the couples portrait shoot happened on the walk back to the vineyard’s main house. Halfway up the driveway, the new husband and wife stopped and smiled at each other in a beautiful and unscripted way. That was the moment when our approach to the portraiture paid off. We could have never gotten that look and that moment in a posed picture. Because we gave them freedom to interact normally, we (and they) were rewarded with an unforgettable image. And as DC wedding photographers, that is something we want to deliver to every one of our clients.
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