First of all the difference in work speaks for itself, however, there is 2 kind of Photography happens in a Wedding. First is Event Wedding Photography and Another is Candid Wedding Photography.
Now, be very specific in your selection when you hire Wedding Photographers and ask for an event Photographer if you just want the entire Wedding event, guests, ceremonies to be covered in the Wedding pictures which is the core job of an event Wedding Photographer.
To be specific an event Photographer actually takes pictures of whatever is happening during your Wedding events. His focus is not based on capturing artistic and emotional moments (not that he or she is not capable of) but an event Photographer has to fulfill the purpose of what he has been hired for otherwise, he will miss out on many things from the event.
His core job is to document your Wedding event as much as he can. Normally a single event Photographer can cover one event of approx 50 to 80 guests happening at one place. The number of photographers increases if the size of the guests is more than that or if more than one event is happening at two different places.
Well, now I hope you have got an idea about the job of an Event Photographer.
Now, let's have an insight into what actually makes a candid Wedding Photographer so different.
1. Art of Capturing Moments
A Professional Candid Wedding Photographer is paid for his art and vision where he or she becomes an expert in extracting and then capturing beautiful and unique moments the couple feels and shares throughout their Wedding event.
The job of a candid Photographer is to mainly focus on the wedding bride and groom and be with them throughout the wedding so that nothing special is missed out. After all the wedding is for these 2 people and the close family members and friends.
I'm in this industry for the last 7 years and work as a lead candid Wedding Photographer and with time I have realized that art is something you can learn and get the level of skills to perfection with time and experience. However, in my case, I strongly believe that I got this gift from my father that I do not have to think and plan the moments I need to capture. It all happens with me naturally. I observe a lot and keep myself so focused and involved at the moment and click what I feel which turns out the same in every picture.
So, coming back to the point a Candid Wedding Photographer's job is based on his skills of finding the moments happening between the Wedding couple, close family members, and friends.
If a candid Wedding Photographer will get involved or will be asked to capture the general event or guests posing then the Photographer will lose focus from what he or she has been hired for.
It's very important to leave the candid Wedding Photographer on his own and let him or her focus on the creative ideas and moments happening between the couple and family because if these natural moments are missed, they are missed forever.
So its always suggested to always hire an event Wedding Photographer too so that he can be with the guests who are excited to give poses and have some fun. Also would not ask the candid Photographer to click for them because if that happens the important people like the groom and bride moments will be missed.
2.Why Do They Charge High?
Photography is a form of art for people who understand it. People who have the vision to see the quality and importance of moments a professional candid Wedding Photographer captures in the Photographs.
First of all, a professional candid Photographer knows his gear very well and along with an artistic vision should be very technically equipped with his gear. I am not talking about expensive gear but yes the quality of pictures demands good professional Photography gear. At the same time, someone equipped with expensive gear only can't be called a professional candid Wedding Photographer.
So it's important that before you finalize your Wedding Photographer you should prioritize to see the moments captured along with the quality of work in the portfolio.
The angles, camera, lighting knowledge is a parallel thing which makes a Photographer professional.
Only taking good moments with poor composition and distracting photo angles isn't justified with the cost a Photographer is charging for.
This is where experience along with the sense of capturing moments at the same time comes in place.
I always have to take care of the background, angles I use, light directions, and proper camera settings along with a sense of not missing out on the moment. Keeping in mind all these technical aspects and taking care of the moments happening is what gives the right to a professional candid Wedding Photographer to ask a good price for his or her skills.
Candid Wedding Photography is not just about standing at one place and clicking the pictures of people coming in front and posing for straight flat pictures. Those are just pictures to document a Wedding not about finding and capturing moments of the couple out of 100 people in the Wedding.
3.Building Repo and Presentation Skills
Last but not the least, a good candid Photographer knows how to build good repo with the groom and bride along with the close family and friends.
Knowing how to build a stress-free and comfortable area between the couple and Photographer is a mandate.
If a Photographer has created a good repo with the couple and their family they are not at all hesitant to listen to the Photographer at any point of time whenever necessary and that's such a major thing that helps the Photographer to have more access to the chemistry a couple of shares throughout the Wedding events.
Would you be comfortable around someone with whom you haven't developed any friendly conversation and comfort with and the Photographer is just standing like a dummy and closely observing 2 people and the personal talks and laughter a family has?
I am sure the answer is obviously No!
Definitely, no one would be comfortable in that space, so I always make sure I create so much comfort for the family and couple that they start considering me as their own friend circle without any hesitation.
This gives me so much benefit to capture those real moments a couple and their family enjoy during the Wedding.
And of course, I make sure to be very presentable at the same time so that I am not looking like an odd one out.
The laughter, the fun, and the real gestures happening throughout the Wedding event are what real moments are and a candid photographer should know how to be present at that time and access these moments closely without distracting the natural flow of the moment.
Hope this article will help the readers some insight on understanding the importance of hiring a good and professional candid or event Wedding Photographer as per the choice one has for their lifetime wedding moments or event to look like.