When it comes to choosing your Wedding Photographer, the process can be quite a daunting one as there are so many photographers to choose from with so many different styles and approaches, and of course the cost is a factor people have to consider too. When it comes to planning your wedding, so much thought and decision making goes into it, and once the magic of the day has come to an end it will be the photographs that you turn to relive those precious moments.
I believe that choosing the right Wedding Photographer is very important and to help you here are some points to consider when selecting. Firstly, what is their style of photography; traditional wedding, reportage / photojournalism, or a mix of the two? Take a look at their editing styles and how the final images look, are they highly processed or heavily manipulated with effects added to the images? Does the Photographer offer a mix of colour and black and white? What are the packages they offer, ie disc, and album, how much do prints cost etc. One question to consider is what approach does the Photographer take on the day? For example, does the Photographer take charge on the day and spend time moving and posing guests to get the right shot, how much time is dedicated to group shots, or does the Photographer remain in the background without imposing? All Wedding Photographers should arrange a meeting with the Bride and Groom prior to the wedding to be able to get to know each other and ask all the questions both parties need to know. Personally, it helps me to get an insight into the couple’s personality and this helps me with the Photography on the day.
If your Wedding Photographer hasn’t offered to meet with you, you could suggest doing so. As well as the Photographer getting to know the couple, you want to make sure you choose the right person for the job! When I photograph Weddings I shoot reportage and the reason I do this is because it allows me to capture all the elements of the day without interfering or interrupting the natural flow of events. I follow my instinct and document the day as it unfolds. With reportage photography the photographer will remain in the background and won’t be bossing guests around or asking the bride and groom to pose at every opportunity.
All those key moments such as the arrival of the Bride, walking down the aisle, the cake cutting and first dance and so on, will be photographed but the difference is they will all be natural images and not posed ones. It goes without saying that some couples want some family shots and this is something to discuss with your Photographer before the big day, to make sure they know who you want in the ‘formal’ pictures (if you choose to have them). The benefits of this type of photography is that firstly, the Photographer is not interfering and getting on people’s nerves, also that often people are not aware of the camera so the true moments are caught on camera, unique moments that can’t be replicated.
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