Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Behind the Scenes: The One that Got Away

Getting "that" shot at "that" moment during a wedding is tough. It comes down to being in the right place and the right time with a dash of luck tossed in.

You know the schedule of events. You know human nature. So anticipating the right place, the right time is second nature. As the bride and groom step out to greet their guests, there will be a pause when they look at each other. One of the most likely spots for this moment is at the foot of stairs or at a choke point such as a doorway. You clear everyone out of the way and you think you're set. "That" shot is going to be yours!
Where luck comes in is not having someone accidentally step into the shot at the last second. And trust me, it doesn't matter if you think you've got everything covered.
Do you ever wonder how many shots it takes to get "that" shot that sums up the emotion of the day?
Hint: It's a lot, that's why you'll see photographers constantly on the move and why having a second shooter is a sound investment. And, many of those shots that look like they happened naturally were in fact staged.

Credits: All images taken by Eden Hensley Silverstein for The Road to the Good Life.