Candids at Weddings
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,.
Moments like this are fun to catch!
Selfies can also be fun to catch…
The Bride Changed into something more comfortable later in the evening
A shot of the drummer at a recent wedding.
Mother and Son Dance at the Olde Mill Inn.
Amanda gets a hug from a guest at the Church
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.
Liz and her Dad share a Dance
The Best Man as the ceremony is about to start
Bride’s Dad see her in her dress for the first time.
The Bridal party has some fun as the bride gets ready
Father-Bride dance at the Columns in Avon by the Sea
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
A final hug for the night.
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.
Louis Schroder – Photographer