So, you’ve chosen your dress, and booked your wedding and reception venue, and picked out your bridesmaids, best man, ushers and pageboys, but where do you begin with finding your wedding photographer? In this, the first of three parts, I’ll look at the impact of the style and personality of the photographer on your wedding photos and day. In part 2 I will look at the quality and cost of wedding photography, and what to consider when choosing your wedding photograher.
Things to think about when choosing your photographer include:
Style of photography
Think about the style of photography you want, and whether you would like traditional posed photographs, or more relaxed and candid photography, or perhaps you would like a more posed fashion style for some of your images. While many photographers are willing to provide a mix of styles, do check with them before booking, and take a look at the type of photos they have displayed on their website, as this will give an indication of their preferred photographic style. When choosing a style of photography, also look at the editing style of the photographer you will choose. Do you prefer black and white photography, bright fresh colour photography, or a vintage style? It’s well worth looking at the websites of a number of different photographers, and comparing the different styles as a way of understanding your preferred style if you are uncertain at the beginning of your hunt. It’s also worth thinking about whether your preferred style now may appear dated in the future, and whether that will bother you then or not.
Once you think you have found a photographer whose style of photography you like, ask to arrange a meeting with them so that you can get an idea of what they are like as a person. It’s really important that you find someone with whom you feel comfortable, as you will be spending a lot of time with them on one of the most important days of your life, so you need to know that you are confident that you can communicate your wishes and that they will listen to you.
If you are having photographs of the bridal preparations on the morning of the wedding, you might also want to think about whether you would prefer a female photographer, or whether your bridesmaids would feel more comfortable with this also. As a female wedding photographer I’m often called upon to assist with practical aspects of tying corsets, sewing on buttons (yes, I even carry an emergency sewing kit with me just in case!), and ensuring that the guys have pinned their buttonholes on correctly when I am photographing their wedding preparations (they rarely know how to do this either!).
If you would like to know more about my style of wedding photography, why don’t you contact me, and we can meet up for a coffee and chat?