Can you stage a moment?
Now that's a question a lot of people have different opinions about.
For me, personally, I would say yes. What if you never got that first kiss at the wedding, putting on the ring or the cutting of the cake. Well, you can re-shoot it. Stage it, do it again. As long as the end-result shows the story, you can get away with it. Because at the end of the day its the shot that the client wants that matters. And, the upside of staging a moment is that you can pose them so they'll look even better. If you put the subjects in a location where that pretty perfect light is coming down on them.
Now would you call that a candid moment?
No, of course not.
All you did was positioning them in the ideal spot for you to shoot them in.
You've just put them there and nothing special is happening. Now you'll have to give them some direction. For example tell them to talk about their day, tell them to ask each other what they're excited about or what they're gonna do after all of this is over. And the staging have suddenly become the real moment depending on what direction you gave them.
This post have been more about creating wedding moments but its all applicable in other areas of photography as well, you just have to give the appropriate directions or guidelines to your subjects.
How do you create moments, do you even do it? Or do you think its wrong to do it?
Would love to know what you think!