Kyle Larson invites you to learn about his creative process for photography. Well-known for his lighthearted, whimsical photos and his eye for romantic scenes, Kyle offers a step-by-step sneak peek so that you can see how he brings his visions to life. What does a wedding photographer do to make each wedding unforgettable? Just take a look.
Meeting with the Happy Couple
For Kyle Larson Photography, the creative process of photography has to begin with the couple who wants to get married. Although the photographer’s vision plays a part in every photo shoot, the day revolves around two souls who love each other and want to tether their lives together. Getting to know them is paramount.
That’s why Kyle always begins with a request to get together with the couple. FaceTime and Skype allow him to chat with engaged couples who can’t meet face to face, but he loves scheduling a meet and greet at local cafes and restaurants, as well. He finds that you can learn more about people when you’re eye-to-eye. That’s especially true with brides and grooms. Seeing them interact with each other helps to inspire Kyle’s ideas for engagement and wedding shoots. During this time, he tries to get to know as much as possible by asking leading questions about how long the couple’s been together, how they met, and what they like to do with each other. In many cases, a questionnaire is helpful, too.
What does a wedding photographer do to find out what his clients want? Kyle brainstorms with them. After spending some time chatting and learning about each individual’s vibe, Kyle focuses on what the couple expects from their photo shoots. He asks them about their ideal visions or, if they’re unsure, about their ideas in general. Incorporating the desires of the bride and groom is essential. It’s their day. Once Kyle builds a rapport with the couple, he has a significant understanding of their likes, dislikes, and desires. If need be, he can steer them in a new direction or build upon the visions that they share with him. Three heads are better than one, after all.
Discussing Engagement Photos
Not all couples are interested in an engagement shoot, but many are. Couples often use engagement photos to send out announcements or save-the-dates for their upcoming wedding. It’s the first chance their friends and family have to see the “official” couple after the question has been popped. Engagement photos are more low-key when compared to wedding photos, which can give both the couple and Kyle himself the opportunity to be playful and whimsical.
Scouting Out Photography Locations
Part of the creative process of photography for KLP involves looking beyond the ordinary to find places to take wedding pictures. Once upon a time, brides and grooms resigned themselves to having photos taken somewhere near the grounds of the venue or the reception, but what’s the fun in that? Here is where Kyle’s adventurous spirit comes into play. He may suggest out-of-the-box locations in the same area as the main venue. In fact, he may offer up more than one. With couples who aren’t familiar with the Pacific Northwest or the Bay Area, Kyle shares a plethora of insider knowledge about breathtaking spots that can capture the spirit of the couple and their feelings for one another.
Basing Photos on the Bride and Groom
What does a wedding photographer do to keep things fresh and one-of-a-kind? Speaking on Kyle’s behalf, he focuses on the couple rather than the traditional wedding poses. All too often, wedding photos can look staged and stiff, mainly because they are. In lieu of the standard poses, KLP chooses to capture photos that likewise capture the essence of the couples who choose him as their wedding photographer. Active couples star in action shots. Funny couples receive pictures with a humorous slant. If you had a fairy tale romance, Kyle can get that vibe on film, as well. He instructs the couples to act like themselves and even shoots the adorably awkward moments and unexpected gestures because they frequently make the most memorable photographs.
Candid photographs are among Kyle’s favorite to shoot. Before and after the formal photography session, Kyle and any assistants are busy at the ceremony and the reception. One of the reasons that Kyle enjoys wedding photography is because of the freedom it provides. He’s in a position where he can snap pictures of the most sentimental moments, the beautiful ones, and even the funny ones. During the ceremony, for example, his creative process for photography involves shooting pictures of the scenes that no one wants to miss but few people see, such as the tears in a father’s eyes as he walks his daughter down the aisle, or the look on the groom’s face as his wife-to-be reads her vows.
There’s even more fun to be had at the reception. Kyle is an expert at slipping under the radar, which allows him to take pictures without anyone even realizing it. He enjoys wandering around the venue, as well, to snap photos of the table settings, the signs, the decor, and any interesting features of the landscape.
Inquire within about booking KLP today so that you can share in the creative process of the photography for your wedding.