How to choose your 'Candid' Wedding Photographer-Part I
Getting married soon and looking for a photographer who can capture greatly creative, stunningly beautiful, and storytelling pictures just like those you saw in magazines or a friend’s album on facebook? You are excited and want to get those amazing pictures for yourself too. Sure! Try asking our favorite aunt Google with the keywords “Candid Wedding Photographer”, she will present you with only 3,390,000 results in just 0.28 seconds. Click on some of those bold and blue links, pictures look good, shoot an email with details of events to the photographer, he/she replies with the ‘best’ offer, you agree. Deal’s signed and sealed. Simple! Isn't it?
Umm, not quite! It may not be as simple as it may seem. This might be the first time you are going to hire a professional photographer. So, before you decide in a hurry and hire the first of those ‘candid’ photographers with a website and fitting quote, we recommend you read on.
First, one needs to clearly understand what is meant by Candid photography. 'Candid photography' is not about angelic portraits, cool effects on photo-editing software, or black & white images of all the rituals and ceremonies. It is much deeper than that. Candid photography is a style of photography that some photographers develop. It involves taking pictures without the knowledge or explicit permission of the subject. This very fact of clicking pictures of people without their knowledge is the crux of being ‘Candid’. These pictures capture expressions, moods, and elements of their true personalities in the most pristine form. A subject may not exhibit these elements if it be known that a picture is being clicked. The precise timing is of paramount importance for a candid photographer.
However, Candid Photography is sometimes inaptly termed as wedding photojournalism. There is a fine line between candid photography and photojournalism. The common element here is “not posed” or “as it” or “natural”. Both of these styles are very close in this sense. However, the photojournalistic approach is more focused on “storytelling” with the help of all those ‘thousand words’ a picture speaks, as they say. This fine line fades fast in an event like wedding as wedding photography requires both the approaches.
Now, when you have understood what is so candid about a ‘Candid Photographer’, we shall move on to the part that addresses "How to choose a candid photographer for your big day in Part II of the article"