I saw this Pro-Tip from Disney Pixar on Twitter today:
“Try to have a firm grasp of the emotional core of a story before writing it.”
I don’t write but I sure do love to story tell (through pictures of course). Disney is right (they always are, aren’t they?), the emotion behind what you do really makes a difference.
I firmly believe that you can tell, just by looking at a photo, the heart/depth that was put into it. It could just be a millisecond of a difference when the shutter was pushed, or the slight degree in angle, but that subtle attention to detail makes all the difference.
I’ve begun to spend more time with couples before their actual wedding. Getting to know your subjects really makes a difference, especially with something like wedding photography. You are about to capture one of the most important days of their lives. The comfort they have with you is very important, as well as your emotional tie to them and their story. The more you know, the more you can communicate (through interaction and pictures) genuinely from the heart.
Ok, why do I feel like Mr. Rogers? If I ever decide on a career change, maybe I can host an afternoon special. Would that mean I would have to give up cussing? Sh*t! No can do.