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Choosing your Kent wedding photographer
In the first part of How to choose your wedding photographer I discussed decisions about the style of your photographer, and the need to consider their personality and how it may impact on your day and that of your friends and family.
In Part 2 I want to give you some ideas about how to judge the quality of a wedding photographer’s work, and consider the things you might ask.
Quality of photography
While this may seem like the easiest or most obvious part of choosing your photographer, it can actually be the hardest for lost of couples. At first glance, the images on many photographers websites may appear perfect purely because they look way better than what most of us are used to posting on facebook straight from our mobile phones! But when you start taking a more considered look, and start comparing the work of different photographers more carefully, you may be surprised at the variation in quality of work that you will find.
Things to look for include:
- Are their images sharp and properly focussed, nicely composed and properly lit and exposed? As simple as it sounds, sadly, you would be surprised at how many ‘professional’ photographers cannot even achieve this.
- Do the colours appear natural, or do they have a strange colour cast to them? Now that the world of photography has gone digital, photographers can no longer rely on the photography lab to colour correct their images for them, but have to do this themselves as part of the post processing of the images. It is important that your photographer has an understanding of how to achieve this and that they are working on monitors which they have been correctly colour balanced with the specialist equipment required for the job. All monitors vary in the way that they portray colour, so when you are looking at wedding photographers websites it’s worth looking on a couple of different devices if you really like an individual photographer’s style but are concerned that the colours look a little strange, as it may be that the monitor you are looking at is also not accurately portraying their work! This is also a reason why I as a photographer am always so keen to be able to provide the final printed product for my customers, as I have access to professional labs and equipment which I know will do full justice to the colour of the images that I captured. Unfortunately this is not always the case with the cheaper high street laboratories. It’s also worth noting that colour casts aren’t always wrong – they can be used creatively to give a nice warm glow to a cosy evening image, or a cold wintry bite to a winter wedding image for example.
- Has the photographer used the focus creatively to draw the eye into the photograph, and highlight one aspect of the image over the rest, or are their images uniformly in focus throughout? It’s true that this can be the chosen style for a handful of photographers, but more often it indicates that the photographer has a lack of understanding of how to use his camera in a creative manner, or lacks understanding of basic photographic techniques.
When you meet with a wedding photographer, don’t be afraid to ask to see a larger selection of photographs from one or two complete weddings, in order to satisfy yourself that they can maintain the standard of photography displayed on their website throughout a whole wedding.
In addition, think about any particular issues with regard to your wedding, and how they might impact on your wedding photography, and ask the photographer how they would handle those issues. For example, are you having a winter candle-lit ceremony, or is your church or venue particularly dark or poorly lit? You need to feel confident that your photographer knows how to manage these types of situations and that they have the professional level of camera and lenses to manage in these situations – of course no camera can take photos in the dark, but there is a huge difference between what a newer model professional specification camera can achieve compared to an older model or a hobby or entry level digital slr can achieve.
Next time, in Part 3 of Choosing a Wedding Photographer I will look at decisions and choices regarding the cost of your wedding photography and what you might expect to get for your money.
If you are still looking for a Kent wedding photographer for your wedding, why not give me a ring on 07500 149415 for a friendly chat about how I might help you, or alternatively why not drop me a line about what you are looking for here: Kent Wedding Photographer
I was particularly pleased to be asked to photograph Alina and Lewis’ wedding at the Pegwell Bay Hotel in Ramsgate for very personal reasons, as it’s the hotel where my husband and I had our own wedding reception 20 years ago! Twenty years ago the hotel owners were incredibly helpful as I was planning a wedding with very short notice, and without being able to confirm the final details until four weeks before the event depending on whether my husband to be had been given a visa to enter the country or not! Twenty years on and it seems that the staff are just as helpful, with Alina and Lewis also arranging their wedding at very short notice!
The gorgeous seaside wedding gazebo on the fully decked balcony made the most beautiful location for a summer wedding, overlooking the bay and with an evening sun low in the sky which gave the wedding an almost tropical feel. Looking at the photos it’s hard to believe that at midday the storm clouds and pelting rain gave every appearance of being there for good! Alina chose local florist, Karen, of Black Iris for her beautiful bouquets and button holes, and they fit the location perfectly.
Thank you Alina and Lewis, for letting me share in your beautiful, emotion filled day!
Rather than the usual photo post, I’m including a fusion video of images and video from their beautiful day – Enjoy!
If you are getting married at the Pegwell Bay Hotel in Ramsgate, why don’t you give me a ring on 07500 149415, or contact me here so we can meet up for a chat about your wedding photography.
Thanks go to Carla Thomas of Carla Thomas Photography for assisting me so ably on the day.
Bride and Groom: Alina and Lewis
Ceremony: Pegwell Bay Hotel, Ramsgate, Kent
Reception: Pegwell Bay Hotel, Ramsgate, Kent
Florist: Black Iris
Kent Wedding Photographer: Aranya Photography
30th July 2011 I had the absolute honour of photographing Dionne and AJ’s beautiful wedding. The day was filled with emotional moments, from love to laughter, as you’ll see in the wedding video I have put together. Being a wedding photographer in Kent has to be the best job! Dionne and AJ chose to get married in St Luke’s Church, Ramsgate, a beautiful and historic church, with the longest aisle of any church in Thanet. Their Reception was held at the lovely Smiths Court Hotel in Cliftonville, Margate. As you can maybe tell from the photos, the speeches were truly hilarious! Congratulations on your first anniversary Dionne and AJ, hope you like the wedding video I have put together as a little reminder of your very special wedding day xxx