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take a photo of the groom smiling while looking down the aisle...such as when the bridal party is walking down. move it around in order of photos so that it looks like it was taken as she was walking down the aisle.
I have done it.
I know there are many who will think that is a horrible thing to do, but I am not a strictly documentary shooter. I have not lost any sleep over it, and I am sure I have had several brides who were just a little bit happier because they have that photo
*puts on flame retardant jacket in preparation of the coming FM inferno*
Yes, that's a great idea, and we've done that. We also make a point to joke with them any time of the day they look like they're thinking about other things, because I myself didn't look happy in a good number of my wedding photos, not because I wasn't happy, but because I was distracted with worrying about other crap. I'm not talking specifically about the groom staring at the bride walking down the aisle, in this case, the aunts and uncles presenting the gifts didn't look happy, and the bride DID complain. It could be anything, the first dance or parents dances when they cry and hold each other so tight and you can't see a face from any angle, or a bridesmaid that looks pissed as she's walking in to the reception, mom looks unhappy and she's lighting the unity candle, etc. Sure I always hope the bride understands we did the best we could, but I always worry that they might not understand. I've had brides complain about other people ruining the photos. I once had a bride complain that she was laughing in every picture of her dance with her dad because he wanted to be funny instead of sweet and she hates the way she laughs. But she wasn't mad at me for it. Now this bride asked me why I don't have a better picture where they look more pleasant. And all I can think to say is "because it didn't happy honey. I can't create moments that didn't exist!" Of corse I won't actually say that. It just gets to me sometimes. We had a wedding not too long ago that was so hectic and stressful I wanted to quit this job all together. Then the next few weddings were so awesome and the bride was so laid back and wonderful I couldn't imagine doing anything else.