I think most of us are not happy with our bodies or health and want to make improvements. Age has a way of causing one to look for answers…fast. I’m there!
Today, while reading the popular book “Body For Life” by Bill Phillips, I was drawn to a chapter called “The High-Point Technique”.
In the chapter, Bill explained that he had worked with a lot of professional photographers on many magazine photo shoots. He noticed that most of them would shoot for as many as 11 hours and not get a single photo that was worthy of a magazine cover. That’s the way it goes with most photographers. It can be frustrating. He also noticed that there were a few photographers who worked differently. They began sessions with a quick calculated setup. Then, they find their position, take a “warm-up” photo or two, and proceed to capture “the moment” on film. That’s it. Photo shoot over.
If you’ve seen the photos on covers like People, Time, or Vogue, you can see that the results are impressive. Sometimes breathtaking.
How does this story relate to your wedding? First of all, it’s very hard to photograph or capture “the moment” on film. It takes lots of skill and practice and, I think, a unique ability to read people and situations. I would say that most photographers and wedding videographers are like the majority of magazine photographers that Bill mentioned. They technically know their craft, but their approach is wrong and they often miss “the moment”. Their images are ok, but not spectacular.
I think really great wedding photographers and cinematographers have that little something extra…that special ability to patiently wait…anticipate the action by reading the people…and then capture that “special moment”.
I’ve observed a lot of wedding photographers and videographers since digital cameras become so prominent. Digital makes it affordable to over-shoot. I think the majority are shooting everything that moves in hopes that they will get something usable. I call that “spray and pray”. In television, we used to call that hosing (like firemen).
I constantly preach to my crew to plan ahead. Have an idea for the storyline before you shoot. Know your subject as much as possible. But, then watch patiently, anticipate the action, and look for “the moments” that tell the story….and to edit in their head. Whether it’s your wedding album or wedding film…isn’t that really what you hire your photographer and cinematographer to do- to catch “The High-Points” of your wedding day?
For more information or to share your thoughts, contact Don Lawler, Chief Story Officer at Storytellers. www.WeTellYourStories.com. 901.485.3027.