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Walk the Walk

December 2nd, 2010  |  Published in Featured, Style  |  1 Comment

One thing I almost invariably do at a wedding is to get a shot of the couple walking. At most weddings there’s a bunch of time spent getting from here to there: from the house to the ceremony, from the ceremony to the reception, from the reception to the spot where we’re going to be taking photos, etc. These could easily be wasted moments photographically. I have this constant desire for just another minute to fiddle with my equipment or set up a shot, so it would be easy for me to focus on getting to the destination ahead of the couple. But I slow down and stay with the couple as they’re walking, because I love the photos I can get from these moments.

Most people aren’t used to having a camera pointed at them but they are used to putting one foot in front of another over and over.  When people are walking, muscle memory takes over and they stop posing. They become more aware of their environment and less aware of me. The couple gets a chance to take a break from their guests and be together for a moment which also helps them act and interact more naturally.

The simple fact that my subjects are in motion makes the photos a little more interesting. These photos also help tell the story of the day by providing transitions from one scene to the next, which can be useful in a slideshow or an album. Taking these photos is a challenge because I have to frame and shoot quickly, then move along and do it again, but the effort pays off in images I love.

Boston Wedding Photographer

Boston Wedding Photographer

About Earl Christie

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Earl is a Boston wedding photographer who finds love and magic and wonder in everything he shoots.

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  1. Andree says:

    December 3rd, 2010 at 8:08 am (#)

    Earl, that is such a great way to think about something so simple. I love it!

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