exploit that part of the couple’s story. If we’re
only shooting boudoir the morning after,
we’re not realizing the full potential of the
story we can tell...”
Getting Your Feet Wet
While Jonné did a morning-after test shoot,
other photographers jump in with real
clients. Strauss booked Blake Burton (an
Atlanta photographer) as her client, and it
would be fair to say that his passion for images drove him as he and his fiancé, Tessa,
talked through their wedding photography
plans with Strauss.
The day after the wedding, “I met Blake
and Tessa at 5: 30 a.m. and we jumped in
a car, drove to the middle of Nowhere,
Alabama, and shot for about 30 minutes.
Because we had already done an engagement and wedding session together, they
were very comfortable on camera; but
they were also able to better focus on each
other now that the wedding day stress had
ended,” says Strauss.
All the photographers we spoke with
agreed that while technique and inspiration are key, it is rapport with the clients
that makes or breaks these shoots.
“It’s one hundred percent about connect-
ing with the clients. If they are comfortable
being who they are with me, that’s what
makes everything work. My whole attitude
to the morning-after session is to not do
anything crazy, to not drag in props or
signs or lights, to just let the morning light
in the windows and allow them to enjoy
the realization of the fact that they are mar-
ried,” says Squires.
Sarah Kinbar, a writer based in Orlando, Florida, is
the former editor of American Photo and the current
editor-in-chief of Garden Design. Her own pictures
can be seen on BigBlendedFamily.com, where she
blogs a few times a week.