Choosing a wedding photographer
Its a tough job! There are a huge number of wedding photographers out there....!
In times gone by, wedding photography was far more generic. However, nowadays, the range of photography kit and editing tools is vast and varied, with professional photographers often having preferred camera equipment and signature editing styles. My first suggestion is to establish what style of wedding photography you prefer….light and bright, dark and moody? There is no 'right' and 'wrong', it’s purely personal preference, but it’s a good place to start when choosing a tog!
Once you’ve established your prefered editing style, take a more detailed look at the photographers portfolio. You should be able to tell relatively quickly how the photographer works in actually capturing their images. Do the images look posed? Candid? Fun? Intimate? a mixture?? Are the subjects predominantly looking to camera? Are they lit with natural or artificial light sources? Ask yourself these questions and establish which you are most drawn to, as a couple.
Next ask yourself how these wedding photographers capture the key moments and details of the day. Happy tears, belly laughs, the dance floor antics. A good set of wedding images will include moments that you didn’t even see yourselves on the day! It’s also important to have a record of all those tangible little details that so much thought went in to, before the big day….the dress, the shoes, the table settings, the button holes. They all combine to tell the ‘story of your day’.
Have a nosey at the ‘about me’ page of photographers websites. Do they sound like your ‘cup of tea’? Would you go for a drink with them?! Find someone on your wavelength….and meet them in person at some point before the wedding, if it is at all possible to do so.
Your wedding photos will be your lasting memory of the day. They will be shown to your children, grandchildren and great great grandchildren. To capture the day, in images, is a pressurised and time restricted job, and it is important to entrust that to a professional.