My conversations with Caroline were long distance. Caroline and Martin and their family live and work in Singapore but were coming home to Warwickshire to be married close by to Martin’s parents. Caroline was insistent she wanted a professional wedding photographer to shoot her wedding. She was travelling half way around the world to be married and was bringing most of her wedding party with her. The photography needed to be high standard and imaginative.
Professional Wedding photographer
Her brief to me was a little different. Although Martin and herself wanted a wedding shoot, contemporary wedding photography styled, it had to focus on the children, family and wedding party.
This was the first wedding I have photographed where the number of children virtually equalled the adults. There would be a nanny service and also a creche to help out on the day, but the children would be an integral part, rather than being made to behave quietly in the background.
I understood from her conversations about a British tight-knit community in Singapore. All their friends and wives regularly met up and the children all schooled together. Many of the guests attending, had two or more children.
Photography of children at weddings
My shoot would focus on the children and their personalities. My shoot would focus on contemporary documentary photography, capturing expressions, moments and be casual, relaxed and unstaged. Then there would be a smaller amount of couple photographs of the bride and groom.
The children were easy and magical to photograph. Children have no pre-conceived ideas about self-image, or fear of being closely observed. They don’t move, twist, turn, contort and try hide emotion. Children just ‘be’. They are also easy to document. They don’t stand around for hours with a glass of wine. They do stuff. They invent games, fight, climb trees, tease, smile and run around. And they trust and let you into their world without question.