ANTICIPATION AND SKILL
Anticipation is key to a wedding photojournalist, and our members have agreed, saying that success in photography is directly attributed to this skill. Sometimes you might end up waiting quite a while to get the shot you’re looking for, but if you can point out where the most unique lighting and interesting compositional elements are and have enough patience, eventually the right moment will come.
Sometimes this waiting might be static, or sometimes you might find yourself wandering around seemingly aimlessly in pursuit of just the right elements—where are you, who’s there, what’s the lighting like, and what’s playing out on everyone’s faces—but if you keep yourself on the lookout for these ideal moments, you will be ready for it when it happens.
At the end of the day, if you are able to anticipate the perfect moment, frame it, and then patiently wait, you will have set yourself up to capture the entire mood of the wedding day.
And that’s precisely what sideline shots can do. Although they tend to be taken on the edge of the main event, their portrayal of the subplots of the wedding day—the intersection of the scores of personalities, encounters, and dreams—make them anything but peripheral.