Kids at Weddings
(Thanks to my second shooter Matt for this pic of me and the kids)
As predominantly documentary wedding photographers we love to capture natural moments as they happen. Not only with the Bride, the Groom, and the guests, but with the kids as well.
This requires technical know-how, patience, observation, and timing is crucial. In the early part of the wedding day, this allows us to build up a relationship with them which means that later on in the day they are less likely to run and hide when we try and get a few posed photos while photographing the family formally. When time allows during the getting ready part of the day we will often take the kids for a very quick photo session of their own, this also helps to put them at ease in front of the camera.
Weddings can be a very unpredictable and challenging time to photograph children. However, I love to get the best shots of them during their moments of pure fun or dumb luck. These are the moments that bring real joy and make me smile.
The most important thing is to just make sure that everyone has a great time. If things are going well, there’s no need to worry about whether or not the kids are in the group photos because they will take off from you anyway either way! If a kid is not happy with being told to stay still for a photo and runs away, then we will get plenty of great photos of them during other parts of their day so don’t stress about it.