A short time ago I published a post showing a series of "great images". In Advanced Wedding Photographers I had asked the members to share what they considered their strongest images...
"Take a look at your best images for the past year and show us your favorite. Pick out that one image that would get you hired..."
I thought I would get a lot of classic solid portraiture. Advanced Wedding Photographers is a closed group with just under 500 members, all very talented artists. I want to share a few more images today, because each time more are posted, I'm reminded that the definition of a "great image" isn't always about photographic technique, but timing.
At the time of my original request, I had forgotten about images that simply capture emotion. I forgot about moments that show a little of the soul of the photographer as well as the subjects. I also forgot about humor as a marketing tool. A big thanks to these artists for sharing some of their favorites, along with the reasons why.
Each image is a reminder that you need to know the rules before you can break them. It's also a great reminder that every client sees something different in a "great" image - there's something in each photograph here that got a client to stop and look at it just a little longer.
It's also a great reminder that a wedding photographer's job is about storytelling and timing, just as much as it is about composition and exposure. Sometimes, as my old buddy, Dean Collins, used to say, "Beauty is in the eyes of the checkbook holder!"
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.