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Candids at Weddings

Posted on Jan 24, 2018 by

Candid photography is a big part of a wedding. While I do a mixture of posed shots (family, wedding party, couple etc) and candids, the majority of the day is really more of a behind the scenes approach for me. During a wedding day I probably spend an hour or so taking photos where I am guiding the subjects that are being photographed. That part of the day, the group shots, is in and of itself a very important part of the day that requires that the photographer have not only great technical knowledge but also skills in working with and organizing large groups of people. I cannot emphasize enough how important that is. Time is usually tight and a photographer must know how to communicate and work well with people so that little time is wasted yet at the same time nobody feels rushed or under pressure. It is a fine skill that only experience gives you.
But for the rest of the 7 or 8 hours that I am there I am mostly observing what is going on around me in real time and capturing that photographically. Being unobtrusive is paramount to capturing real moments and emotions. One (of many) great benefit for the couple is that when they get their photos they will be surprised by seeing so many moments they had no idea was being captured. Here are some shots that I have taken in a candid fashion throughout different parts of a wedding day.

Some of the best candids can happen in between posed group shots…

At receptions the majority of the photographic coverage is candid, behind the scenes. Looking for emotions, fun and moments like this.

The couple joins the band for some late evening fun…

… and the crowd gets into it!

These moments happen really fast, the photographer has to be ready at all times.

Shooting from a distance one can capture great moments without the subject being aware of it.

When possible I get slightly more elevated than the crowd which also help in capturing candid moments from further away.

Later in the evening it’s normal for the party to get a little wild,.

Cheers!!

Moments like this are fun to catch!

Selfies can also be fun to catch…

Schroder Photography at SkyView Golf Club Wedding

Dancing fun!

Schroder Photography at SkyView Golf Club Wedding

The Bride Changed into something more comfortable later in the evening

The couple had a band play at the reception

A shot of the drummer at a recent wedding.

Mother and Son Dance at the Olde Mill Inn.

Mother and Son Dance at the Olde Mill Inn.

Amanda gets a hug from a guest at the Church

Amanda gets a hug from a guest at the Church

Mother and Son dance at the wedding reception at the Fiesta in Woodridge

Mother and Son dance at the wedding reception at the Fiesta in Woodridge

I photographed this couples wedding 2 years ago and then was glad to see them again at their friends wedding.

Bride dances with Father

Liz and her Dad share a Dance

The Best Man as the ceremony is about to start

The Best Man as the ceremony is about to start

Bride's Dad see her in her dress for the first time.

Bride’s Dad see her in her dress for the first time.

The Bridal party has some fun as the bride gets ready

The Bridal party has some fun as the bride gets ready

Father-Bride dance at the Columns in Avon by the Sea

Father-Bride dance at the Columns in Avon by the Sea

Mother-Son Dance

Mother-Son Dance

Wedding at Mountain Lakes House

Selfie Moment

Ned having a great time at his wedding

Party Time at the Crystal Plaza, view from the balcony.

Jaclyn having fun at the reception

Groom and Mom share a dance

You never know what to expect during the Toasts

Kids being kids at the wedding

These beautiful and colorful effects are done specifically in camera with certain photographic techniques I use.

Party time at the wedding!

Guests having a good time

Groom was having a blast!

Waiting for the Bride

The Band Brian Kirk & the Jirks took the house down!

a slightly different angle

Party time at the Brownstone in Paterson

Jennifer and Michael's Wedding at The Manor

A final hug for the night.

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About the Photographer: Louis Schroder has photographed over 400 weddings in the Tri-State area and is also available for family portraits, events and other photographic projects. Please email or call me for inquiries.  

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