What is candid wedding photography?

Capturing weddings in a photojournalistic way has become way more popular in the last couple of years. While traditional wedding photography used to be all posed photos mixed with maybe a few images that actually told a story, a modern wedding gallery looks like a story of the day. It is basically a documentary approach of capturing the day in the way a photojournalist might shoot. 

Of course a lot of bride and grooms reach out to me because they are interested in candids, natural, unposed photos. That is basically what I do 85 percent of the day. During getting ready I rarely change much, during the ceremony I obviously don't change anything. Cocktail hour is usually prime time for those candids, since I can just walk around the guests and capture a lot of candids in a short amount of time. 

The only time that involves posing is group photos and couple shoot. A line of people that look straight into the camera is obviously not candid. Have them look back at each other makes is a little more natural, you could call it staged candid. And in the couple shoot it is pretty obvious that the bride and groom didn't randomly hug each other with that perfect backlight behind them and I just happened to be there and took the photo. But the way they pose, should at least appear as natural as possible which makes it feel more like a genuine moment. 

The wedding of Laura and Craig happened to be an amazing example of a day that is ideal for the way I work. The first look and couple shoot before the ceremony gave me a lot more time to photograph guests. That is one of the reasons I recommend doing a first look. Not only has the photographer more time to photography your guests, you, the bride and groom, can also spend more time with all these people who might have traveled from far and you haven't seen in ages. 

Ceremony and Reception: Ginny Lee Cafe @ Wagner Vineyards
Music: Finger Lakes Platinum DJ
Hair and Makeup: April Birchler and Nicky Gonzales from Tangles Hair Designers and Day Spa, Rochester NY

Where to go for your engagement shoot in Buffalo, NY

I already talked about why I'm sometimes scared if clients choose the location for a photo shoot. I mean, I have ended up at a river in a concrete bed right next to the most beautiful mountains in Germany before. And it's hard to say no to the bride and groom on their wedding day. So how do you come up with a location for an engagement session? 

Either somewhere pretty

You can always ask me for recommendations! I love to show my couples new locations where they haven't been or one they wouldn't have thought of. It helps me a lot if you give me an idea of the kind of look you want to go for. Should it just be a nature setting, like a park or a nature resort? Or is city life more important to you and you want to do downtown? Buffalo is also famous for the silos and industrial buildings, these make for an awesome rustic backdrop as well. 

Also important to know: Feel free to choose two locations! I love giving couples two different looks, maybe we start around city hall and go to the outer harbor afterwards? Or you want to go big and shoot at the Niagara Falls because that is where the proposal happened? Not every city has such an incredible and world known waterfall in its backyard. Same with Letchworth State Park, especially in the Indian summer. 

Here are some of my go to locations for shoots:

- Tifft Nature Preserve
- Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve
- Knox Farms State Park (ideal for fall engagement sessions)
- Beaver Island State Park
- around Silo City
- Canal Side and Cobble Stone District
- Main Street and City Hall and surrounding streets. 

Or a location that means something to you

Even better could be if we meet at the location you love to spend your dates at or even where you first met. You love spending your Sunday afternoon at Tipico? Or you couldn't survive for one week without a sandwich from Breadhive? Let's ask them to shoot there. Anything is possible, I have even traveled to NYC for engagement sessions. Katie and Ryan for example actually met at the Transit Drive In Theatre. They both used to work there. So we had access to the site before it opened. Afterwards we went to Grand Island to shoot during sunset. Two perfect spots and a ton of fun, especially shooting with an old German car from their parents as a prob. Enjoy the photos!