As a wedding photographer, capturing the perfect moments of children at a wedding can be a challenge. However, with the help of the guests, you can take stress-free photographs of the children and ensure that the memories of their special day are captured forever. Here are some tips for guests on how they can help photographers take stress-free photographs of children at a wedding.
Keep the children entertained. Keeping the children entertained and engaged will help keep them from getting restless and making it easier for the photographer to capture their moments. You can organize games, crafts or other activities that the children can participate in. This will also give the photographer time to set up and capture the perfect shots.
Try not to gesture to the camera. It may seem helpful to say "have a look at the photographer man" but what you're most likely going to do is cause the child to look toward you while they attempt to understand what you want them to do. You are also likely to be in this photograph and the photographer will need both of you looking toward the camera. For candid photographs it's much better to let the child's natural curiosity take over. If it's a more formal image, try having a family member or friend stand behind the photographer doing something silly to get their attention toward the lens.
Be supportive of the photographer. The photographer is trying to capture the perfect moments, so it is important to be supportive and patient. This means not getting in their way, not interrupting the children, and giving them the time and space they need to do their job.
Keep the background clean A cluttered background can be distracting and take away from the beauty of the shot. You can help the photographer by keeping the background clean and simple.
Encourage the children to smile and be themselves The best shots are often the ones where the children are being themselves and having fun. You can encourage the children to smile and be themselves by telling jokes, singing songs, or simply having a good time.
Take turns taking photos. If you have a camera, consider taking turns with the photographer in capturing the moments of the children. This will give the photographer a break and also give you the opportunity to capture the special moments.
By following these tips, guests can help photographers take stress-free photographs of children at a wedding. With everyone working together, the children's special moments will be captured and remembered for a lifetime.