Shoot Everything: Friday Photo

So today I'm going to bang on about the importance of shooting everything.  We all have a tendency to self censor, to paint the most flattering pictures of ourselves and pretend that's who we really are.  That we're never grumpy, or lazy, or sitting here writing this in an old tee-shirt and ragged pyjama trousers drinking whisky and coughing into the crooks of our arms.  But that's okay.  That's human.  Both to paint ourselves in the best possible light and to cough into the crooks of our arms and drink this whisky.  But I think it's a danger to censor your art.  Because why do we self censor?  We do it because a lot of the time we believe that we're the only ones who are flawed and fallible and fucking up a bit in life.  We do it because we believe the self censored image someone else is putting out as the truth.  The idea that everyone else is comfortable in their own skin, but me.  I mean if we stop to think about that for a second it's utter nonsense.  But it's surprising how rarely we do stop to think about that.  So but then apply this to art, apply this to photography and what happens?  You're suddenly in danger of creating a very rigid, tamped down fiction that's not really true of anything and lying to everyone else.  And that's no kind of art at all.  Yes wedding photography, I'm looking at you.  It's the least earthy form of photography I can think of at the moment and it really doesn't have to be like that.  It's also real life.  I'm not saying you have to get all Diane Arbus on the day and be brutal in the way you photograph someone -- lay them bare with some kind of savage x-ray of their failed dreams and personal fallacies.  It's still a wedding day, so by all means still make it beautiful.  But just don't leave stuff out.  Shoot everything.  Don't self censor and by extension censor the day on behalf of someone else you probably don't even know that well.  It's not up to you judge and package their reality for them.  This photo for instance.  No one in this photo looks bad.  It's actually kind of a nice photo.  It's flattering, there are smiles and laughter and it conveys a mood of messy latenight fun.  It's just that the guest in the middle of it all happens to have broken his nose on the bouncy castle two minutes beforehand.  But that's okay.  That happened.  Shoot it.  Shoot everything.

real life wedding photography

Technical details for the photography wonks:

Camera: Canon 5D MKIII

Lens: Canon 24mm 1.4

Aperture: f9.5

Shutter speed: 1/180

ISO: 1,250

Shot with flash.

11 Comments

  1. Lyndsey Goddard

    I like it. I like what you’re saying with the post; it isn’t about soft focus mason jars at sunset, it’s about what actually happens.

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  2. Tom Weller

    Yes

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  3. Sally

    You have a way with words Son-in-Law …. Just censor mine please!! Love this photo though xx

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    • Nick Tucker

      Thanks Martin. I really appreciate that…

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  4. Nick Tucker

    Thanks everyone. It’s great to see this post has struck a chord with so many people…

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  5. Carly

    I agree! I once had a groom asking me to photoshop out some layers of his brides dress on a shot I had of her walking downstairs because he didn’t like the way it trailed! I said no because that’s how it actually looked! I don’t like to create something that isn’t real or that didn’t happen. I love the moments between the moments!

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