In this week’s blog post, Jonathan Scott talks about some of the current trends in the wedding industry, his favorite creative touch and what he sees people focusing on for the photography of their weddings.
What are the Top Trends that you are seeing right now?
“Couples are getting more and more savvy. The same-old, same-old just doesn’t cut it anymore. I try to be ahead of the curve on trends and the big thing that is trending is editorial-style engagement sessions. An engagement session is very important because it gives us a chance to really see who the couple is. A portrait-style shoot, where the couple is told where to go and arranged in posed positions is getting tired. An editorial-style shoot focuses on telling the couple’s story. You find a setting that defines them as a couple; something that’s important to them and then you tell their story. It’s unlike anyone else’s on the planet and it should reflect that in the photos from the engagement session. Anyone can be photographed in a field somewhere that has nothing to do with them. That isn’t right. There is a story there and couples want to tell it. Editorial-style engagement sittings allow the couple to do just that”
What is your favorite creative touch?
“This is difficult to answer because for me every image is different. Every bride, every ceremony, every reception, every family, every bridal party, every location is unique. The photographs I shoot depend on factors that I don’t know about until I’m standing there with the camera. Each image speaks to a different creative inspiration. The situations change every time. The sun is in a different place in the sky, or the flower girl skips down the aisle instead of walks, or the bride’s father starts to cry as he gives his little girl away. There isn’t one style or shot that can be used for all of that. The creative touch, I suppose, is that there is no specific creative touch. Whatever that moment calls for is what it gets; just hope that you have a photographer who can capture them as they come.”
In wedding photography, what do you see couples focusing on or willing to spend their money on right now?
“A full day engagement session. It may sound like a lot, but it’s worth it. From sunrise to sunset, you’re with the couple. You can shoot at more than one location and you really get to see the couple and how they interact. People are different apart than when they’re together. Do they reach for each other at the same times? Do they hold hands in the car? Does he brush her hair out of her eyes? Does she put her hand in his back pocket? During a full day, you learn all these things about them and you get a chance to capture all their mannerisms and who they really are together. A full day engagement session also helps me understand what to look for on their wedding day. Knowing how they interact fully is a huge advantage for capturing the truly special moments they will share with each other on the day when everything can seem to go so fast.”
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Color. What would life be without color? Think about how important color is to all of us in our daily lives. We all have our favorite colors. We decorate our homes, create wardrobes and even buy cars based on color (well, some of us may buy cars based on color). I’m sure that one of the first things you think about, and questions you’re asked about your wedding have to do with color. What colors are the bridesmaid dresses going to be? What color flowers are going to be in the bouquet? What are your wedding colors? Color is one of the most important aspects of photography. Even in black and white photographs, the original colors can play an important role. It is important to understand the aspects of color. Here are some terms often associated with color that you should be familiar with:
Hue- Your main colors: red, green, blue, and yellow. Colors with the same hue base are described with adjectives (sky blue, light blue, etc.).
Spectrum- The visible spectrum refers to the colors that the human eye can see. Most of us know them as the colors of the rainbow.
Intensity- refers to the purity and/or saturation of the color in an image.
Warm Colors- Yellows, reds and oranges.
Cool Colors- Violets, blues and greens.
Objects in space reflect and absorb light. When we see colors it is because the surface of a specific object absorbs all colors EXCEPT the color we see. In other words, a red ball absorbs orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, but it reflects red light. That red light travels to our eyes and we “see” it as red. Colors can be brilliant or subdued, harsh or soft. Your photographer’s possession of a keen eye for color and an understanding how it interacts with light are crucial abilities for them to possess.
Some people believe that an expensive camera and photography equipment make a photographer. I have had friends who walk into Best Buy and purchase a nice camera, go out and expect to have their pictures hanging in an art gallery by the end of the week. They will call me and ask, “Why don’t my pictures look like yours?”. All of the expensive, or inexpensive, equipment in the world does not make a photographer. True, there are many technical aspects of photography that one would need to have an understanding of before they were able to take decent photographs, but even then there is more to it . . . much more. Photography is an art form. Like any other artist, a talented photographer sees the world differently than others. Light, backdrop, setting, atmosphere, angle, color, and distance combine to form the palette with which a photographer creates a photograph. It is the balance and understanding of these ingredients that make a work of art and it is the photographer who imagines how they all come together. When hiring a photographer for your wedding it is important to find someone who you can trust to capture these elements beautifully and as they happen. No two photographers see these ingredients the same way. For me, personally, I would ask you that in 20 years, do you want to remember your wedding that way it actually happened, or the way a photographer posed it to happen? I’m an expert in capturing the essence of what I see. Trust nothing less.