Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending my boyfriend's brother's wedding outside Cleveland, OH. For whatever reason the gods decided to give us wedding-goers a brief interlude from the heavy, humid July weather, and instead provided a cool summer breeze and manageable afternoon temperatures. The weather, combined with the Goose Island Ale at the open bar, the company, and the excellent food, made my experience as a wedding guest (as opposed to wedding videographer, my usual role) exceptionally pleasant.
Despite the fact that I wasn't working in the studio that day, my training as a City Headshots photographer didn't stay back in New York. Before the announcement of the bridal party and its accompanying speeches at the reception, my boyfriend and I hit that first "let's take a selfie" marker of the day. And here's where the "mad skillz" came into play, we professionals term it.
Alex wanted to get a shot of the meadow and pond in the background while we were standing under the reception pavilion. However, I knew that since the sunlight was bathing the outdoor area, and not hitting underneath the pavilion, the background would look washed out, or overexposed. I also knew that since no handy City Headshots soft box would be hitting our faces with soft light, we would appear backlit-- and not in a flattering way. He still wanted to give it a try, though, and lo and behold, this was our selfie:
So when taking a selfie at a wedding, or any other special occasion, be sure to consider your light source, remember you and your other subjects' best sides, and find a camera angle that's more flattering (there's a reason why people hold their cameras up instead of down in a selfie-- it generally looks better). You may not get the professional calibre shot, but that's why there are professional photographers at the wedding! However you will surely get a fun picture of you and your posse that's way more Facebook-worthy. And isn't that what weddings are all about?
x Lee Ann