As a photographer I get to find inspiration everywhere when taking photos. As a good photographer it is what you do. You capture a simple moment with beauty and grace. Often that inspiration comes from me. Noticing the way light falls across someone’s face or a beautiful vista, or capturing a child in a pure moment, those are what get the juices flowing.
When I am hired to shoot someone’s wedding or event or even portrait, I have to be inspired (it is my job). Much like my last entry, a connection with this person is critical. Inspiration is contagious as are many emotions. Many of my best wedding photos are not me being inspired but capturing the bride, groom and family’s inspiration of the day. Not surprisingly, that inspires me all over again.
I find that most people inspire me when they love what they are doing. Seldom do I see photos that are great when people are nervous or worried. Now I am not talking about the worried you are when you are contemplating the rest of your life. I am talking about the worried if the head table is missing a particular flower or a glass is dirty, or Dad forgot his cummerbund.
I see brides often forget what is important about their wedding day (grooms too). I see them fretting over the way the cake sits on the table. I think that you should forget about the small stuff. You have planned your wedding for a year or 6 months. You have all the people there that you love and you are ready to begin the important journey of being a family. You did all the heavy lifting months ago, time to enjoy your day and forget the rest.
If you want GREAT wedding photos, be inspired by the love, life and family you are creating. Your photos will show it and your guests will know it. Forget about the flowers showing up 2 minutes late. In the grand scheme of themes you will have far more important things to worry about later, your wedding day shouldn’t be one of them, just enjoy!!!