Together is a beautiful place to be… and the journey to this togetherness begins with a surreal wedding. Those souls are no longer two but one and this union calls for a celebration. Weddings are all about the gorgeous bride sasseying down the aisle, it’s about the ‘I DO’ and the scintillating Sangeet and vibrant Mehndi, it’s about the grandeur of decor and lip smacking food and it’s about all the jubilliant guests! But if you look closely through the lens of a wedding photographer, he will tell you about those moments that no one notices. Surely these all are the most striking captures at a wedding, but there are much more precious and awe-inspiring moments at every wedding than what meets the eye. Those are what photographers call ‘Behind the Scenes’ or simply BTS. Are you a photographer looking for some inspiration to up your BTS a notch higher? Well, your wish has just been granted. Let’s explore some expert tips.
Bride and groom’s preps:
Laughters, teasers, tears and fun - the bridal preps are a treasure trove of candid moments. As a photographer, get in the moment and understand the vibe in the room. If there is a hint of stress, crack a joke and capture that beautiful smile blossoming on the bride’s face. Artistically capture the bridal gown or the lehenga, jewelry, accessories, the groom’s tuxedo and even the best buddies. During these private moments you will see the mother, father or the grandparents expressing their love for the bride or the groom and those moments surely deserve to be treasured. The trick is to step away from the group but still be present in the right place.
Decor before the guests arrive:
Locations add their own charm to the wedding. Whether the couple has opted for a beautiful mandap or a garden wedding under the stars, whether it is the old chapel or the royal palace courtyard or a golden beach by the shore, there is no denying that the location can render some stunning BTS shots. Go around the location to capture some shots from an uncommon angle. Don’t miss some of the intricate details of the decor, natural light beaming through the chapel window and Pandit gets his items ready for the wedding ceremony. It is also a good idea to take a family portrait at the location before the guests arrive. These will surely take the spotlight on your album.
Love birds in a moment of their own:
No matter how buzzing and crowded a wedding reception can be, the bride and the groom always manage to enjoy a few moments of their own. Be it the love glance that the groom gives when the bride enters or the way they hold their hands when they walk as husband and wife, be it a gentle kiss or the whispering of the sweet nothings, as a wedding photographer you should always keep your eyes open. Anticipate these moments and be ready for them. Such BTS shots will surely bring a smile to the couple years later.
The reflection is as beautiful:
One of the most stunning tricks of shooting the best behind the screen is to capture the reflection. As the newly wedded couple walks into the reception area, capture their reflection in the pond. Be ready with your lens when the bride is putting on here Kajal looking into a mirror or a shot of her gleaming, beautiful through the whale or a shot from outside the window as the sunlight shimmers on her face. These shots are the top choice for pre-wedding photography as well. It would be a priceless shot if you can catch the wedding ring or the bride’s jewelry sparkling in the sunlight. These shots are best captured without informing the couple beforehand.
Little jolly moments:
Did you catch the moment when the groom stole a kiss from his lady love or caught her by surprise? There are many such jolly moments during a wedding that are perfect for your BTS collection. Children playing around, the bride or the groom with their beloved puppy, the Kalide ceremony, etc. Bring a special job to the celebrations. These are spontaneous moments and they challenge you as a wedding photographer to always be on your toes and keep your camera all set. Having a second photographer by your side will help you cover the naughty, funny, cheerful and vibrant moments a lot better.
A wedding is about the overflow of emotions that the entire group experiences. It requires a skilled and immensely creative photographer to see the beauty of the moment and capture it before it is gone. Mastering the art of capturing the best BTS comes by experience and passion.