How do you find your creative outlet as a wedding photographer? If you’re used to shooting at the same locations consistently, the details can all start to look the same. The good news is that the podcast today will help give you a fresh perspective and get you excited to try some new ideas!
These tips can be helpful no matter what type of creative outlet you find yourself in but we know firsthand the experience of having the same venue back-to-back weekends and then showing up and having the elements, colors, and details are eerily similar to the weekend before.
You might even find yourself out of habit shooting the same photos for both weddings.
Today we want to talk strongly about why you shouldn’t do that.
Becoming complacent in your photography will not help you grow.
Of course, there are times and moments where the photo is going to be the same as the one you’ve taken dozens of times, those big standard photos. But it’s in the details where you get to be creative and change things up.
We encourage you to look at the bigger picture and see how you can alter it to make it something different.
Start the day remembering that it’s a brand new day and that you’ve never been there with this couple before.
Getting the shots quickly and efficiently doesn’t always mean getting them done well. What experience can you create for your couple that will be different and fresh?
Consider changing out your lenses, look for different perspectives – stand on a chair or lay on the ground, and give different posing directions or prompts.
Something Christora has found great success in is after she has the standard shots, having her couples move around a bit.
Maybe asking them to dance together or play with their hair, these small movements can create a really magical photo and while the couple is moving around, they’re not thinking about posing, which means you’re getting a more authentic picture.
Consider the second-shooter perspective. What angle would you be looking for if you knew the main shot was already covered? How can you make it different? How can you add new ideas?
Also, get creative not just with the couple. Flat lays are a great opportunity to try some new things.
Christora mentioned that she typically buys eucalyptus and roses just in case she’s not given flowers for the flat lays. You could even forage from the outside of your venue to find pieces of greenery that would make your flat lays pop.
Spend time thinking about creativity. Tom will often see or come up with an idea and commit it to memory and when the right opportunity arises, he will implement that idea he had.
Christora finds inspiration when she’s not in photography mode, she’ll go for walks and challenge herself to come up with different perspectives on how she would shoot the things she sees.
Ultimately, you should trust your gut when you have an idea. Run with that.
Even if it doesn’t turn out exactly how you hoped it will, allowing yourself the permission to explore new ideas will help keep your photography and creativity fresh.
You never want to become comfortable with what you’re doing. In order to keep growing, you need to keep experimenting.
We bet you’ll find some new ideas that you actually really love!