Why Candid or Wedding Photojournalism?
Do you know - A wedding shot by two different photographers can give you altogether different impressions of the same event.
Traditional - Good Coverage but Missing moments
For years, we have been looking at these wedding albums which are so monotonous that sometimes you skip pages without missing much. It's really hard to connect ourselves until we see our own picture in the album. Its often an album with many pictures, but all posed and often emotionless. No matter how much you spend on your wedding, these albums will be same. At the most you can buy the most expensive album. To my amusement, I have often heard praises of albums, rather than images. And that's why when you interact with most photographers, they would be interested in selling their top or most expensive albums. They hardly talk about images. All you discuss with them is quality of paper & the album. You don't even ask them that who is actually going to click the images. You know it will be one of their team members. But what's his style, how much experience he has ? Most of the time you don't even have much expectations from them.
But things have changed now. Couples are now looking for more personalised images.
After all it's their once-in-a-life event. They want images of their precious moments which they can cherish life long. And that's the reason Candid photography or photojournalism is getting very popular.
Photojournalism is an form of art.
You get high quality images of your special moments, which are often needed to be clicked in fraction of seconds and weaved together to present a story. A good artist will be able to recognise these moments.
The traditional photographer who, in an attempt to cover all guests, is hard pressed to click hundreds of images will not be able to capture those blink-and-you-miss moments . And remember its an Indian wedding, where we will have at least 400 guests !!! Do you really think he will find himself connected with you. Will he be able to find those emotional moments?
Candid photographer has to be very attentive. He has to make you feel comfortable. Most of the times he has to be mingled in the crowd or take a position at a distance with his long lenses. Traditional photographer can easily give you more than 1000 images in 8 hours. But for candid, a photographer has to work very hard to get 200 good images. He is a follower of an art form. That's the reason, candid Photographer refuses to take staged/group shots.
Most pre-wedding ceremonies start in the morning, and go on till afternoon. Receptions starts in the evening and main wedding happens next morning. its almost non-stop shoot of 24 hrs for a photographer. Being attentive for 24 hrs is a difficult task. These images are further sorted to find best 200-300 images. Each image is the enhanced or edited version which is again a very long process. Its hard work And that's why you need a photographer who is committed towards his work. Often it is difficult of an amateur or part time photographer to give you those perfect results in time.
Fair enough you need images of all guests, and no doubt its important. Let the traditional photographer do his work. Take images from him, arrange these images in a nice album to share with your guests.
If you're hiring both, Its your decision to prioritize budget for traditional, candid or photojournalism.
One gives you a good coverage of setup and guests, candid gives you moments to cherish lifelong and photojournalism gives you entire story weaved through beautiful moments.