How I photograph a Wedding

I love the relationship between a Bride like Hannah and her parents, here I’m trying to capture her and her dad’s relationship, these are all totally candid, unposed photographs

Daniel Toop

We hung out with Tim and his groomsmen and groomswoman in the morning before we headed to Hannah’s house.
All these photos are taken photojournalistic style, there are no posed “getting ready” shots. Just capturing the guys getting ready and helping with ties, suspenders etc as it happens.
I don’t like posing the getting ready photos because I feel that people get awkward and lose their natural expressions.
I prefer to take either classic portraits OR candid/photojournalistic rather than posing things like putting on cufflinks.

Daniel Toop

Let’s talk about “detail shots”.

I hate them.

Let me explain a little more.

When your great grandchildren look through your wedding photos, do you think that any of them will say “but where is the photo of the perfume and shoes on a shelf?!?”
No-one has ever said that in the history of photography.
I take detail shots but only in context.
A ring doesn’t have any meaning unless its on a hand, held by the ringbearer or given during the ceremony.
A wedding dress is just beautiful fabric unless shaped by the person wearing it.

Here’s the truth.
Wedding photographers have been using “detail” shots to sell extra pages in Wedding Albums for decades. More pages equal more dollars.

When given the choice of people versus things, I will photograph people and emotion every single time.

Daniel Toop

Daniel Toop