Candid wedding photography is just as important as formal wedding photography to tell the full story of your wedding day.
While your photographer will hopefully capture all the formal proceedings as a matter of course, when looking through their portfolio, albums or in talking with them during your consultation, ask to see some of their more candid shots as well.
What is candid wedding photography?
Photographers use the term candid wedding photography in a variety of different ways – to describe a natural way of shooting with little posing, to indicate a fun time with a lot of goofing around, etc.
For me, the truly candid shots are those where the subjects are unaware they having their photo taken. Mum watching the wedding ceremony from the front row, tears of happiness on her cheeks and a great big smile on her face. The best man playing the fool with the groom while they are waiting for the wedding ceremony to start. Or even simply a shot of the kids watching the wedding ceremony like they would their favourite movie – not from the discomfort of a wooden pew, but lying on their stomachs in the aisle of the church.
Capturing candid moments
To ensure your candid moments are captured as well as the more formal moments from your wedding day, it is best to look for a wedding photography package that includes 2 photographers. The second photographer is usually able to capture many more candid moments during the day while the main photographer focuses on the formal (unmissable) shots and interacts with you, your family and friends.
This is not to say that the one wedding photographer can’t do both (the above image was shot while I was operating on my own), but there are many more opportunities with 2 photographers.