By JOHN LEGASPI
Just like love, a photograph requires the right angle to capture the beauty, the perfect timing to seize the best moments, and the right subject to immortalize. More than a piece of framed art, a photo is the closest thing we have to time travel. It has a nostalgic effect on everyone, bringing joy and tears, and sometimes it also mends old bonds. It’s a testament to feelings. As singer Ed Sheeran puts it: “We keep this love in a photograph.” And the most divine examples.
After all the fuss of prewedding preparations, photographers are tasked to document all the jitters, excitement, and the first kiss shared by the newlyweds. Photographers have the ability to gift couples a piece of memory to cherish in their lifetime.
In celebration of Heart’s Month, Manila Bulletin Lifestyle rounded up seasoned photographers to share what it feels like to witness love under the sacrament of matrimony and how they capture their best moments through their lenses.
Shooting for almost a decade now, it still excites me to know that another couple will tie the knot and I’m privileged to document it! Weddings are very festive, positive, and far from the usual routine. I think the best part of being a wedding photographer is that it is very personal—you get to know your couples and even their families more deeply. On the other hand, it being a personal event, there are so many emotions running throughout the day and managing the couple, guests, and even co-suppliers will always be a part of the challenge.
As much as possible, I suggest that you go meet your clients before their big day. Aside from the coordinator, photographers together with the videographers spend the most time with the couple. Building a relationship and creating rapport with your clients are a win-win thing. When they know you then they get comfortable in front of the camera, thus making it easy for us to capture photos of their special day.—PAOLO NIERVES
Being chosen to photograph weddings is such a privilege and an honor every time. You are to shoot the most important day of the couple’s lives. The pressure to deliver is always there. But personally, it is always fulfilling especially after the day has already passed and the client is happy with our work. The best part is being able to do what you love to do. Remember to always put yourself in your client’s shoes. Know how to push them but also know when to take it easy. You should be able to make your subjects comfortable with you so they can be themselves in front of the camera.— ERRON OCAMPO
Weddings have all the positive vibes of love, family, celebration, beauty, among others. Plus the range of emotion is very wide, from tears to laughter. I can translate all of them into photos that can be forever remembered. Having a solid foundation in photography is a must. Also a good understanding of weddings, love, and family gives more depth to every capture made.—DINO LARA
The best part is getting great feedback from our clients knowing that they’re happy with our services and photos. What’s challenging is when the wedding schedule is tight and you have to quickly capture enough photos to complete the set while delivering the same standard of quality we aspire to give. You always have to observe and anticipate the moments that show who they are as a couple.—RAE CABRADILLA
The best part of shooting weddings is having the chance to meet a lot of amazing people. You get to be a part of one of the most important celebrations of their lives. It’s a never-ending experience of something totally rewarding. On the same note, it is a huge responsibility to be the keeper or documenter of their memories and making sure we do it beautifully and consistently has always been a challenge. Weddings are tricky because you are shooting regular people and sometimes they are not too comfortable being in front of the camera. Preparing by getting to know them and their story, and planning how a shoot can turn out to make a huge difference not only in the resulting photos but in the experience of taking them as well.—OLY RUIZ
Shooting a wedding is both fun and tiring. Fun because everyone that you’re shooting is happy the whole day. It is quite tiring because weddings for us happen way before the ceremony starts and then much later after the reception ends, and documenting everything is not an easy task. Photographers should be present and be observant because they are also part of the wedding, being a witness to such union. But you need to have extra pairs of eyes through different lenses. Somehow it can be likened to a superpower in the movies, where you are just an extra but one who sees everything that is happening. Sometimes you also have the power to make things happen in terms of certain poses and angles to achieve a greater effect.—FRANCIS JUNE PASCUA
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