When you are as old as I am, you realise that things, fashion and music in particular goes round in cycles. But the classics always remain. Flares to drainpipes, the length of skirts, hairstyles….they all come and go, it’s just the pace of change seems faster as you get older. (I’m not really THAT ancient, honest) In photography the same thing happens, a new technique comes along and we all want the best for our clients, so we try these new fangled things and some of them make it into frontline image production. There have been huge advances in editing in the last decade but there are limitations. Like the story of one bride who held her screaming child throughout her ceremony then asked her photographer to photoshop the child out after! No, really, we can’t do that! We can change white balances to warm up that chilly church in November, we can remove the Ladies Toilet sign from above your head as you walked down the aisle (another true story!) Fire extinguishers can be removed without compromising anyone’s safety and the odd wardrobe malfunction can sometimes be corrected. It might seem odd to use the most modern of tools to make a photo look like it could have been taken at any time in the last 40 years but that is what I do when I go for the classics. Yes, I can make images look vintage if that is what suits your wedding, I can make them pop if your wedding is funky!
Each wedding is as individual as you are and while I do try to retain a core “style” it does tend to bend a little to the tastes of the couple who’s wedding I am photographing. There are key elements which form the backbone of what we shoot but there are often a ton of little individual elements that come together on your wedding day. It’s the individuality that I am interested in. It’s you that I am interested in.
So Holly and James wedding does not look identical to Jess and Ricks. Nor should it. Yes the key elements are all there but the style is different, that’s because they are different couples and had different weddings! What suited one does not always suit another.
So, to the purpose of this blog. The classics. There are certain things that are timeless, they just work. And they just work because they were done correctly in the first place. Learning the classics of lighting and posing should be the staple of any wedding photographer IMHO, sure you can go off into the realms of the weird and wonderful but get the basis of your photography right first. Then you can produce a classic when your client asks you for “classy with no cheese please”