Unless you’re a full-time model most people find it a little awkward when they know they’re about to be captured on camera, with the exception of the slightly inebriated, and even more so when the person behind the camera shouts something like “say cheese”! The result usually ends up with the captured begging for the image to be deleted. You’ll be surprised to know that I hate it too!
Being a ‘documentary wedding photographer’ allows me to work in stealth mode, mixing with the guests and enabling me to capture the best of people. Most of the time you won’t even know i’m there so there’s no awkward pug like faces or fake smiles.
The only time i’ll be directing is for the portraits and formals and even then we’ll make it fun and relaxed.