When you engage photojournalistic DC wedding photographers like us 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 as Washington, DC, wedding photographers.
The kind of unforgettable documentary matrimonial photography you want requires more of your DC wedding photographers, though. They also need to have a gift for telling your story creatively. Finding a Washington, DC, wedding photographer who can narrate the course of your wedding day in pictures is important. Hiring someone 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 documentary DC wedding photographers like us can inject creativity into the stories we tell in our pictures. We can experiment with new and different angles. We can layer our compositions such that the photos tell stories within stories. We can use flashes to spotlight certain areas, create beautiful starbursts or heighten the contrast in the image. We can apply colored “gels” to our artificial lighting to make the pictures’ hues more visually interesting.
What we cannot do for you as photojournalistic marriage 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.
That obviously imposes certain limits on how much creativity we can bring to your wedding photos. We can make emotional moments look great on film, but they cannot make those moments happen. We cannot control how they happen. This is true for the majority of a wedding day, anyway. There are, of course, some portions of a marital event that allow for more complete creative freedom. Couples portraits, for example, give even a photojournalistic wedding photographer 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. We can choose locations that make you look you best and that add context to the images. We can position ourselves and you nearly anywhere we want. 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 sunken slightly below the forest floor, and the banks leading down 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 pleasing texture.
What makes the picture really pop, however, is the extra texture that we added to it using the aforementioned extra creative freedom that couples portraits allow us. 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 Weddings (33).
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