On the last “Photog Thursday” on my blog, I talked about movement, and, how it can make a client feel relaxed and bring about genuine smiles and laughter. In my Engagement Session Style Guide, one of the first things on the checklist is to set a location with me-brides and grooms choose the location of their wedding and engagement session for a reason, and, I think as photographers, we should utilize that when shooting, even though it might be crowded.
Sooner or later, unless you shoot all your weddings and engagement sessions in a field, every photographer is faced with the challenge of shooting in an area where there are a ton of people around. Think about it, the class field trip to Charleston just as your session is about to begin, the photographers standing in line by the Furman bell-tower, etc.
After shooting several weddings and sessions in crowded places over the last couple of years, I have learned some tips and tricks that will help save you some headache.
Seriously friends, this is one of the biggest components. Do not think because you are not shooting every second of the session, your client is going to feel angry and upset; most likely, they are going to want the shot, also.
While you are waiting for the crowds of people to pass, use this time to explain to your clients how you want them to stand. Trust me, they will appreciate this a lot more, than standing in an awkward embrace waiting for the tourists to move on. When the crowds pass, shoot, shoot, shoot!
2) The Morning Alarm
I am a natural light specialist because I believe that natural light creates photographs that feel fresh, timeless, and true to you as a couple. However, natural light, from the sun and its reflections, is not only great during ‘golden hour,’ but, also, right after sunrise.
Sunrise sessions are great because the crowds are not around! Which makes this time a great choice for brides and grooms that want to shoot in busy locations, like Downtown Charleston. One gets the amazing sunrise glow with no people!
3) Shooting Close Up
This is probably the hardest one for me! I love shooting gorgeous couples along with gorgeous backgrounds; but, sometimes, when the crowds are tough, shooting up close helps keep the session moving. However, by waiting, you might could get the gorgeous shot with the background once the crowds pass.