How to Capture Candid Moments at Your Wedding

July 1, 2024

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Your wedding day is filled with genuine, emotional moments that you’ll want to remember forever. Capturing these candid moments can add a unique and heartfelt touch to your wedding album. Here’s how to ensure your photographer captures the real emotions of your special day.

bride and groom holding hands

1. Choose the Right Photographer

First and foremost, select a photographer who specializes in candid photography. Look at their portfolio to ensure they have a knack for capturing natural, unposed moments. During your consultation, discuss your desire for candid shots and make sure they’re on board.

Bride and groom kissing near the water

2. Create a Comfortable Atmosphere

For candid moments to shine, you and your guests need to feel comfortable. The more relaxed everyone is, the more genuine the moments will be. Engage in activities that bring out natural emotions—like sharing stories or playing games during the reception.

mother of the bride helping the bride into her dress

3. Focus on Key Moments

Certain parts of your wedding day are ripe for candid shots. The getting-ready phase, first look, and the time right after the ceremony are all perfect for capturing raw emotions. As your photographer, I am always

groom helping bride with her dress

4. Keep the Photographer in the Loop

Please make sure I am aware of the schedule and any surprises you have planned. This allows them to be in the right place at the right time to capture spontaneous reactions. I provide my couple’s a pre-wedding day questionnaire that asks about important moments I should be aware of.

bride under her veil holding her bouquet

5. Trust Your Photographer

Once the big day arrives, trust your photographer to do their job. Avoid staging too many moments and let things happen naturally. The best candid shots often come when people forget the camera is there.

bride and groom during hora

6. Include Your Guests

As your photographer, I will capture your guests as well. Their reactions, laughter, and interactions contribute to the overall story of your wedding day.

bride and groom walking down by the lake champlain

7. Review and Reflect

After the wedding, take the time to go through the photos with your photographer. Point out the candid shots you love and discuss what worked well. This feedback can be invaluable for future sessions or even other events.

By focusing on candid moments, you’ll create a wedding album full of genuine memories that reflect the true spirit of your special day.

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