Friday, August 06, 2021

Preserving memories with photos

Twenty Something

IN YET another wedding special episode of Twenty Something, we talked about another crucial area of wedding preparation: the photos.

Last Tuesday, June 22, we had invited JM Santillan and Marlon Advincula, both celebrated wedding and social events photographers and videographers in Davao City. With both of them having more than a decade of experience, they’ve been through a lot of ups and downs in their career. But with all the other wedding suppliers, this pandemic -- its movement restrictions and gathering limitations -- may have been one of the toughest they had to go through.

Wedding photography and even pre-nuptial shoots didn’t really become a trend or a priority for the engaged couples until the early 2000s to 2005. According to Marlon, it became more in-demand as it releases the “inner models” of the couple and it’s something they want to show to their family and friends on social media.

Our generation, if anything, is a visual generation. With social media becoming a huge part of our lives, we tend to want to see things -- capture moments, preserve them.

JM shared that doing a pre-nuptial photoshoot with the engaged couples also works to their advantage as it makes them know the couple more even before the actual wedding day. This way, it becomes a sort of preparation and an opportunity to test the waters for potential beautiful shots for the couple. Marlon agreed, saying that when they do pre-nuptial shots, they discover the best lighting, angle, and pose for the couple. It helps them eliminate the awkwardness between the two when posing in front of the camera.

On the other hand, taking photos on the day itself of the wedding requires another level of discipline and artistic skills. As Marlon puts it, other members of the family can take photos via phone or a camera but professional photographers know which specific beautiful moment to take. To be wed is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To walk down the aisle, to laugh while eating a huge slice of cake, to shed a tear while doing the father and daughter dance. All these moments the photographers are at the edge of their seats to capture this unique experience.

JM also shared that one wedding is unique from another. One may have a crying groom as the bride walks down the aisle. Another wedding might not have. But this wedding may have another beautiful moment unique only to their wedding. Maybe the little bride kissed the little groom on the cheek. Something like that. And it's the talent and eye for details of these photographers that will capture and preserve that moment.

This pandemic, despite the gathering limitations, there are still a number of couples who decide to get married, have their pre-nuptial and wedding photos taken by a professional photographer. Understandably, everyone is struggling financially with the pandemic but if you could consider getting a professional photographer for your wedding, you are assured that your memories are preserved with photos and videos and are in good hands.


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