@kimstockwellphoto Takeover Day 3: Another thing I like to do when photographing bridesmaids is to get them to interact with one another. 👯 I am very underwhelmed with the standard “bridesmaids line-up,” and my goal of every image is to evoke emotion. Touch and laughter is one of the easiest ways to get people to show emotion. Most people do not enjoy being in front of a camera, so when you ask them to hold onto one another, they appreciate it and it usually results in a smile or a shared look of relief with the person next to them. In this image, I wanted that interaction, but I also wanted there to be balance in the image. Since I had two girls on one side, I asked them to lean against one another and hold hands, and with the bridesmaid on the right, I asked her to lean into the bride, but hold her shoulder. This grander stance on the right helps bring the viewer’s eyes up and balance the image, all while creating a playful emotion.
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@kimstockwellphoto Takeover Day 3: I like to think I’m pretty funny. 😭 OK—I think I’m *really* funny, but I’m probably just *pretty* funny. Regardless, I tend to joke with my clients a lot because people enjoy laughter and laughing is so much easier to photograph than frowning. It’s a win-win! Here’s my most favorite go-to joke when photographing a couple—at some point while directing them into different images, I will say, “OK, now give me a kiss!” and usually they will look at me first for affirmation, and at that point I pretend to look terrified and say, “OH NO! Kiss each other, not me!” This results in the couple laughing with one another, which creates the sweetest, genuine laughter like you see here. Try it at your next wedding + let me know how it goes!
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@kimstockwellphoto Takeover Day 3: Details. 🍰 Details for me are bittersweet. I prefer to photograph things that can take direction + preferably laugh at my jokes. It’s really hard to make a pair of Jimmy Choos laugh—like, really hard. For me, people are the most important thing on a wedding day because they are the ones who are irreplaceable. With that being said, details are also super important in order to give your clients an overall feel for their wedding day. Even though I have yet to make a pair of Jimmy Choos laugh, I still approach photographing details the same way I do people. I check to make sure the light is right on whatever I am photographing and that I have the subject’s best angle in mind. For example, this cake shot was taken before the ceremony, but I asked the planner if I could light the candles for a quick picture. I also pulled the table away from the window in order to give some depth behind the cake and make it sort of “pop” in the image. My point is, I didn't just photograph the cake how it was sitting there, because it was just there. I made sure to photograph that cake as if it was looking for a new #Tinder profile pic. And I mean, I’d swipe right. 😉
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@kimstockwellphoto Takeover Day 3: Vendor importance! ⚡ Wedding days are built on the vendors who contribute, and they should be recognized just how we all want to be recognized. I always start with my #filmlab because they are the ones who help guarantee my clients get the most amazing wedding images. In addition to my lab, I make sure to credit everyone from the planner and the venue, to the florist and the dress designer. I spend lots of time making sure every image I publicly share gives credit to those involved. That extra time can make all the difference. People want to feel valued and appreciated—that sticks with people and will ultimately make them remember you + your brand. This image is one of my favorites from a collaboration with a dear friend and very talented designer, @forloveoflove. 💕
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