As a wedding photographer, the hustle and bustle of the busy season can leave you feeling like you are shooting the same thing over and over. Instead of giving each client photos unique to them and their big day, it’s easy to get caught up in the monotony and find yourself not reaching for new ideas. Do you ever get in a rut with how you feel about your photos? Whether it be locations, posing, or overall style? Heck, you don’t even have to be shooting weddings all summer to feel this way. It can be with family portraits, newborns, lifestyle, editorial, etc.
Today I’m going to share 3 ways to help break up the repetition and get those creative juices flowing again.
1. Find Different Angles
Try seeking out different angles and perspectives that you are not use to shooting. Try getting lower (and still keep it flattering if shooting portraits). Try getting higher. Shoot wider than usual. Shoot tighter than usual. And perhaps try to even shoot through an object. And while we’re at it just break some old fashioned photography rules. That is what art is all about, right? Maybe even try posing your couple in ways that you haven’t done before.
Last weekend I mixed up the first dance shots a little by running inside and shooting through a window. Though the shot isn’t amazing by any means, my clients appreciated getting something different than they are use to seeing. Which makes them feel unique from all my other clients.
2. Play With Light/Try Creative Lighting
Whether you use natural light, artificial light, or a combination of the two, there are many ways you can try to get creative. Once again, try finding new angles that you are not use to shooting and play with that light within those creative angles. If you use artificial light, try mixing it up with adding another light source. Maybe even increase your shutter speed to shut out the light for a fun silhouette. OCF (Off camera flash) can always make a great shot turn into a stunning shot. I’ll descriptively elaborate on some of these ideas in a future post.
3. Use New Lenses
Trying out a new lens or even a current lens you wouldn’t normally use in a certain situation can help boost that creative drive. For instance, 98% of the time I have my 24-70 on during a wedding. I usually only bust out my 70-200 during the ceremony. I know several photographers that like to use their 70-200 for portraits. Last weekend I mixed things up again and gave it a try for myself during my couple’s formal session of their wedding. The compression difference really made me feel like the dynamic of the photo changed and gave me that creative boost for the rest of the evening. See the difference for yourself! Now I really want to get out of my box and rent some different lenses so I can get more dynamic shots.
I hope you can take at least one of these tips to regain some creativity and capture something great!