Today I'm super excited to introduce another new contributor to Middle of the Map Weddings, Cassandra Castaneda Photography. Cassandra and I have worked on lots of inspiration shoots together, and she is such a talent. Her photos are always filled with gorgeous light, and she has a way of capturing people at their best and most beautiful. I feel so lucky to have worked with her in the past (and hopefully the future). She's going to be contributing with advice on how to get the most out of your wedding day photography, offering a real perspective that comes from her years of experience capturing couples special days. Welcome Cassandra, so happy to have you!
image by Alea Lovely
You’re engaged! It officially took you less than a day to log on to Pinterest and create your wedding inspiration board. You’re already mentally placing yourself into each and every picture-perfect wedding image found online, and can barely contain your excitement. Though this seems ok & incredibly thrilling, do not give yourself unrealistic photography expectations.
Firstly, many of these amazing ‘wedding’ images floating around on Pinterest are not from real weddings at all, but are in fact what we call ‘styled’ shoots. A styled shoot is typically the culmination of extremely talented vendors working towards a theme. Everything in a styled shoot is completely contrived and controllable allowing the photographer to create their ideal vision. As you can assume, shooting a styled shoot is nothing like shooting an actual wedding, so do not assume your real wedding images will mirror those from a styled shoot. What about those amazing real wedding images you say?!
I’ve heard it time and time again… ‘I want my wedding images to look just like THAT!’
You might be swooning over that brides detail shots, but she allotted $5,000 more for flowers than you did. You might adore that beautiful shot of bride & groom kissing at sunset, but you’ve scheduled your creative portraits to be taken at 1:00PM. You might adore the shot of that bride getting ready in an immaculate room with her bouquet in tow, but your getting ready room is a total disaster, and your flowers aren’t scheduled to arrive for another two hours. And lastly, you MUST have that shot of your groom seeing you walk down the aisle with tears streaming down his face… but his eyes are dry as the Sahara and Uncle Bob is standing right in front of me obstructing my view. We are photographers, not magicians, and can only work with what is available to us. Much of creating your ideal vision is up to you. If you want your images to appear light and airy, pick a venue with natural light streaming through the windows. If you want a plethora of creative portraits to choose from, allot a significant amount of time for these images to be taken.
Photographers are artists and thrive on using their individual style and creativity to document your special day. It is unrealistic to expect an artist to duplicate another artist’s work found on Pinterest, and might hinder their creative process when asked to do so. You should have complete trust in your photographer and what their artistry will deliver, and by all means DO YOUR RESEARCH! Look at numerous photographers portfolios to determine your ideal photographic style, and allow your photographer to deliver the product you envision.