As a wedding and portrait photographer I am constantly faced with shooting in difficult or challenging locations. We've all been there, I know. I rock up at a bride's home to find the entire bridal party getting ready, clothes everywhere, bags, cases, the makeup artist, the hairdresser, all squeezed into a few small rooms, while Dad watched sports on TV and keeps out of the way. Personally, I don't want my brides remembering chaos, I want them to remember looking and feeling fabulous in the morning, surrounded by their girls and their family. Now cut to the reception, it's a beautiful hotel surrounded by a car park and a couple of grassy areas. In many cases there is another wedding at the other end of the venue, you're restricted to one spot. Cut to a portrait session indoors, happens so often here, because let's face it, it rains so much !
So how can we, as professionals, stand out from the amateur with a point and shoot, how can we make our clients feel and look as though they were somewhere truly special.
It really isn't that difficult. All it takes is a little imagination, a keen eye and an alternative viewpoint.