When photographing children at weddings, whether they are part of the bridal party or along for the ride with Mum and Dad, I quickly realised that they are in fact not daft. They spy you a mile off despite everything else going on around them and upon seeing you with that big old camera to your face they tend to do one of two things. Turn on the mega-watt, all teeth baring smile accompanied with the appropriate ‘cheese’ or make a dash to hide behind the most accessible object….likely the brides dress depending on the silhouette she has gone for. Whilst both can still make for a great shot, what I am really on the look out for is to capture their incredibly natural and honest reactions to the day unfolding because those reactions can be absolutely heart meltingly precious.
Despite working behind the scenes, discreetly capturing the day as it unfolds and practicing my best covert camouflage operation tactics to do so, those bright young things will spot me at one point or another so I find the best thing to do to become unnoticeable is to lower the camera from my face and say hello. Suddenly ‘camera face’ is not so alien looking and they are happy to go about their day as though I am not even there….save the odd spontaneous ‘cheese’ moment but I wouldn’t have it any other way.