@daniellepoffphoto Takeover Day 2: I don’t like telling my clients what to do to make a photo happen. Instead, I start the situation and let it unfold naturally. I begin by putting my clients in good lighting, this is so important! A lot of talking and interacting comes next, allowing my clients to feel comfortable. In this situation, the girls were sitting on the bench reading their books. As my bride sat down with them, they showed her their books and began to relax. Once the little girls were comfortable, their mom took the books away, and the bride leaned in for a hug. I don't meddle, I let moments unfold naturally. I strive to photograph real, true moments—not fake, staged ones.
@daniellepoffphoto Takeover Day 2: When photographing a scene, I want everything to make sense, so I style all detail shots with items I actually find at the venue. I hear of a lot of photographers making styling boards or styling kits, but that just isn't me. So much planning goes into every detail of a wedding, and as a bride, I wouldn't want random items in my photos. Instead, I prefer to walk around the venue and find items, ask the florist for flowers and ribbon, use the bride’s ring, etc.—this makes an image flow better, capturing the details as the bride created them.
@daniellepoffphoto Takeover Day 2: The moments before a ceremony contain such strong emotions. Because of this, I always clear out a space for “getting ready” photos. Find the best light, whether that be inside or out, and move your bride into that space. Don't be afraid to educate your bride on the importance of good light or ask the bridesmaids for help cleaning up the room.