What is silent coverage and why is it important for a wedding?
The role of the photographer, before the role of taking pictures, is that of being invisible and silent. The event is not about the photographer. They are there to capture the event as it unfolds, without changing anything or drawing attention to themselves. This doesn’t apply during the staged photo shoot, when the photographer leads the proceedings to efficiently create well-posed photos of family members and the bridal party. Here’s the photographer’s job is done by actively creating images by posing subjects and finding locations. The photographer’s silent work begins once this part has come to a close.
During the ceremony and all other parts of the wedding day, the photographer is silent and invisible, an important part of being able to take candid shots, often the most effective way to capture the essence of a moment. Creating noise with their camera can get in the way of this. Attracting the attention of a camera-shy subject can ruin the opportunity of getting a natural photo of them. Their expression won’t be as natural, and the photo will be different one not telling the true story of the moment. During a musical performance, beeping or clicking of a camera can throw off the performers or take away from an emotional quiet moment. The quietest moments are often the most important in a wedding, the walks down the aisle, and the silence before and after each “I do,” and the moment of silence before the first kiss. All these moments can easily be ruined by camera sounds, and direct the attention and the eyes of the audience to what is not important, instead of the main event. A silent camera can capture these unnoticed and without altering the emotions of the subjects.
Modern professional cameras make this subtle work very simple. They often have silent shutter functions that prevent the camera from emitting any kind of audio during operation. A professional wedding photographer should have a camera with this function, as once it has hit the market there is no reason for a wedding to be disturbed by the clicking of older cameras. Aside from distracting the subjects of potentially magical candid snapshots, the sound can also be disrespectful and stressful to the couple. With hundreds of eyes already on them for the whole day, they want to relax, and having the sound of paparazzi following them isn’t helpful. Keeping them at ease and able to have conversations with all the loved ones they are meeting, in silence, is the ideal way for a photographer to operate. One equipped with a professional camera capable of silent shooting can get the shots they want, in a respectful way, and keep the couple happy all day. Only in this way can those thousands of precious moments be captured without getting everyone annoyed at the clicks of the camera. Only in this way can a couple enjoy their wedding and focus on each other in peace.