Story Behind the Wedding Photo #1
I have photographed nearly 500 weddings throughout New Jersey (and surrounding areas) so join me on a little journey back through some of them. On the following pages (new pages added every so often) I will post photos and give a little insight into the story behind them. I hope you enjoy it!
The above photo was taken in the early 2000’s at a time when wedding photographers shot less images per wedding and weren’t generally shooting from many particularly creative angles. It was more of a get the “basic important shots done” and move on. There was a time when 200 photos taken at an entire wedding was about the norm. Now the norm is easily in the 4 digits. But I liked to explore different angles and perspectives right from the start. Just “doing the basic shots” wasn’t enough. Maybe that’s why back then and for a few years following many couples would always point out this image as one of the reasons they wanted to book me for their wedding. It just seemed different at the time. In this shot the couple was outside the church during the receiving line and I decided to go up the cramped steps of the church and see if I could get a shot from up there and thats when I found this window.
Kids love hiding from the camera when they see me pointing it in their direction. It’s like a game of hide and seek. In this shot the bride was getting ready and the flower girl engaged me in a game of hide and seek. She was hiding behind a chair when she decided to see if I was still playing along. When she came up to take a peek I took the photo!
This shot was from a wedding at Maritime Parc inside Liberty State Park in Jersey city. The reception was held on the top floor of the venue so we had an unobstructed view of the sky. As the sun started to disappear I noticed that there was the potential for a nice sunset shot. Sometimes you have to be patient and wait for the sun to fully disappear to get the most dramatic colors. As a photographer, knowing how to time this is important since the couple shouldn’t have to stand around waiting while they have a great party going on inside. So when the time was right I asked the couple to come with me for a minute and we took this photo.
Sometimes sunset photos like above aren’t possible for many different reasons, but that doesn’t mean late afternoon or outside evening photos can’t be equally nice. In this case the wedding was at the Olde Mill Inn just of rt. 287. The venue has a really nice courtyard where the ceremony usually takes place. The reception hall is just off to the right. In this photo I set up an extra flash directly behind the couple and triggered it when pressing the shutter on my camera. That extra flash illuminates them from behind outlining them with light and separating them from the background. I usually test and set the shot up with my assistant before asking the couple to come out. Again, the reason being is that I want the couple to enjoy the party as much as possible without interuption. This photo and a few others took the couple out of the party for no longer that 3 or 4 minutes.
Watch this ‘Behind the scenes’ video of the making of some film photographs by Louis Schroder at Weddings.
About the Photographer: Louis Schroder has photographed over 400 weddings in the New Jersey New York area and is also available for family portraits, events and other photographic projects. Please email or call me for inquiries.