Russ & Katie’s wedding reception was one of the most fun weddings that I’ve attended as a wedding photographer. =) The reception was lively, people were up dancing, & I had tons of freedom to move around trying different angles & creative photography that I don’t always have a chance to try at every wedding. It helped that the dance floor was continually flooded with people moving their hips & shaking their groove things (Yeah, Yeah!).
I experimented with taking pictures at different heights from the floor, standing, standing on a chair, & then the balcony. I also tried different ways to capture the action. Stopping the motion completely, completely blurred, & a little bit of inbetween. I found that my favorite photographs were the ones where people were dancing in the background with blurred movement & I had found an inanimate object such as shoes, the party decorations, or the light & sound equipment to remain in focused. It took finding a place where I could place the camera on an object like the floor or a railing that wouldn’t move so that I could allow the camera’s shutter to remain open for 3/10 of a second. It doesn’t seem like that would be that long to hold something still, but the slightest movement of the camera is reflected with a blurred photograph. Typically photographs under 1/60 of a second are hard to keep still. It’s much easier at 1/100 or 1/125 of a second to hold it still (That’s 0.01 of a second for those of you needing the digital time equivalent).
Below you’ll find lots of creative wedding photography. It was a lot of fun to shoot & a lot of fun to look at as well.
What do you think about the photographs? Do you have any ideas that you’ve imagined or seen before for cool dance photos?