Wedding photography: subplots
As a wedding photographer, there are obvious shots to get: the bride and groom, wedding party, each family, the first kiss, etc.
But a family wedding this past weekend reminded me of something else to look for when I am shooting nuptials.
Now we are not talking about the seething discord between Uncle Ernie and Auntie Gin or cousin Roxanne’s tendency to get thoroughly toasted at the reception – knew it shouldn’t have been open bar. Those are not the subplots the parents of the bride are not paying you to document.
But then there are ones like this: My niece, Virginia, got married this weekend in the same dress that was purchased by my Aunt in 1946 and worn a few weeks after her wedding by my mother. Then, in 1977, my sister got married in the same dress and Saturday, Virginia made it three generations. Of course, I was not the hired ‘tog at this wedding. The awesomeness that is Cramer Photography of Charlottesville, Va., documented the day for our family. But as the uncle with a camera, and a journalist to boot, the dress was a story of this wedding I really wanted to tell.
And it was a good reminder to me that when I am the hired photographer, I need to be aware of these subplots, because stories are what these pictures are telling.