My aim is to capture a wedding in as relaxed and easy a manner as possible. I capture real people at real weddings. Sometimes, a shot needs some extra help to make it become what it would have been under perfect conditions. They say never work with children and animals - well at weddings I attend we have various combinations of both! Anyone who knows a little one will know that most days all 9 planets do not align and therefore the child/children can and will behave unpredictably. The pressure of a parent's wedding day does seem particularly telling on little ones who know they need to behave themselves, keep clean, keep quiet etc and see a whole host of people they may have never met before. Add to this a changed schedule for the day and 'leeching' of parental anxiety and BOOM!
At Megan and Simon's wedding the aim was to get a family portrait on the steps of the church. As you can see, there are three children and two adults we need to all 'behave' themselves at the same time. You can bet your bottom dollar if the kids get it the adults won't! Anyhow. The littlest one, our flower girl, was feeling overwhelmed and wanted to be within the safety of someone's arms. Not a problem - Daddy saved the day :). As for the two cheeky monkeys at the front it was proving a challenge to get them both to stand and pose for a photo together and also without the additional props of Mr Bunny who was artfully created during the service from the craft area of the children's play area.
At the end of the day children will be children. Why force the bunny off the child who'd just created it and cause tears or a tantrum? He was happy to stand there - just - with his bunny so rather than cause more stress for everyone involved I took the photo, and succeeding ones, knowing that I wasn't going to have the 'perfect' family portrait - but I would have the tools to make it so later on. We try our best to ensure this is a last resort but that it is an option if circumstances stop us from being able to capture the 'prefect' shot - be it nasty road markings, graffiti, a badly placed object such as a fire extinguisher that you can't block out by moving an inch here or an inch there etc.
Take a look at the photos below to see the 'before' and 'after'...
Obviously our little friend in the middle has had a bit of a make over. You may be interested to know how it is I achieved the finished result.
The final photo took around an hour in post production and it may not still be 'perfect', everyone isn't smiling whimsically at the camera, but it is an honest (beg forgiveness after all the trickery, lol) capture of this lovely family.