How to unboring your wedding pics?

I recently gave a lecture to a group of 30 odd photographers on behalf of Nikon on “How to unboring your wedding Photography” and one of the questions I asked the audience was “What is it about wedding photography that makes you love it?”

I believe that in order to make authentic images we need to turn inward to discover what we really love and what we are drawn to instead of blindly copying trends or trying to do what everyone else is doing. If we know what we like and why, then we can apply these to our own work and use it as a map or a guide. If we keep coming back to this map we can create our own path instead of looking at everyone else and following the status quo which aside from being boring, can be an endless cycle.

I studied Fine Art and this has become a guide for me as it is important for me that I make images that have meaning behind them. I love to tell stories with my camera and also create new stories every time I shoot. It would kill me to keep making the same images over and over and have a repertoire of shots that I reproduce in every album. I also love to people watch and so I love taking unscripted documentary images of people doing all the weird and wonderful things that they do at weddings. I draw much of my inspiration from my clients. Weddings offer me the opportunity to take creative portraits, tell stories with my camera and also capture moments like a photo journalist. This is why I love photographing weddings and I use this as a map every time I shoot. This is also why my clients come to me!

Huge thanks to everyone who came along to my chat! So good to meet you all!!!

2 Comments

  1. Chloe Boshoff on June 8, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Dear Jax,

    Thank you for such an insightful evening! It was great to get a glimpse of the levers that turn, cogs that clink and the thought processes that go on behind your camera. You’ve inspired me to follow more steadfastly one of the 3 items on my list of ‘things I love about wedding photography’ and I look forward to producing more intentional work.

    You rock! Love, Chlo x



  2. Trevor Lamprecht on June 12, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Excellent.
    I also like the unscripted, reportage type photos.



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