WHY THE TIMING OF THE KISS MAKES OR BREAKS THE PHOTO- EIGHT WILLOWS RETREAT, Margaret River

Ever seen a friends wedding photos where the kiss photos just doesn’t cut it? 

Essentially it is a photo of a bride and groom kissing, so what’s the big deal, how can you get that wrong? 

It’s actually pretty easy to stuff it up guys, so I will break it down for you. 

This photo was taken at Eight Willows Retreat in Margaret River, it’s an amazing venue for weddings. The scenery and locations for photos are spectacular. 

After the family photos were all taken care of I took James and Katie for a walk to some of my favourite spots just when the light was perfect for photos. 

I love the lake at Eight Willows Retreat, the sun dips down behind the tree line and you get some lovely soft warm colours to play with. 

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This photo shows a simple kiss shot. I asked James and Katie to kiss for a photo and they pretty much did what most couples would do, kiss. The results were ok but they did not have that spark or magic that shows their connection. 

I then gave them some really simple direction on timing and what I was particularly wanting to capture and straight away they nailed it. 

I think this photo has some chemistry and little hint to those classic movie kisses that we all love to watch, especially when you are curled up own the sofa with some chocolates. 

A lot of what I do is actually very simple. I look for fantastic scenes on a wedding property. I then work out when the light will be at it’s best and then I direct you into that scene. Only if I really need to, I will direct you some more to get an even better shot. 

Eight Willows Retreat

WHY A VARIETY OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS IS ESSENTIAL - HOWARD PARK WINES, MARGARET RIVER

Here are two great examples of contrasting styles of wedding photography. Nicole & Vic had their wedding reception in May at Howard Park Wines in Margaret River. 

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Photographing weddings for over fifteen years teaches you that a variety of shots is essential. I attract a lots of clients who really value the spontaneous moment captured in an image. It’s something I love and I am extremely passionate about. 

I also understand that there are people that say and think they love those spontaneous photos but when they view their engagement or family photos they love the ones that are directed or dare I say it “posed”.

I always discuss and plan photography on the day with my wedding clients. We work on an important “must have” shot list of friends and family who are attending the wedding. 

I give an indication of achievable bridal party and bride and groom photographs in the time my clients would prefer to be away from their guests. Often up to an hour is ample to get a large variety of bridal and bride and groom pics. 

It does help if the venue has all the photo locations there. Howard Park Wines is great because it has the rows of vineyards, it has a strand of tall trees which captured at the right angle can look like you are in a forest where actually it’s between the car park and cellar door. The architecture is also fantastic to work with. 

These two photos illustrated how within 2-3 minutes I have captured two completely different photos. In the first one the bride and groom are laughing spontaneously, the second is a more directed looking at the camera photo. 

They have moved one metre to be in position for the second photo. This saves the bride unnecessary walking on soft uneven grassed areas in high heels. It also gives you more variety of photos in the time allocated. 

As styles change you may start off loving the spontaneous photo but later on really appreciate the directed shot. There are also parents and family that may love some photos of your wedding on their wall and it’s nice to have some variety that may suit them. 

Shooting a variety of spontaneous and directed as well as full length, half waist, close ups are important. Lovely landscape scenes with the bride and groom in that scene are popular. If you think about having a large wall pice in your home, some people would prefer the image to have more going on that simply their faces. I’d certainly be in that group of thinking. 

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