You’ve dreamed of this day since you were a girl. You’re planning every detail to make it the event you envision. From the beautiful dress and bouquet to the waterfront background. And you want to make sure all of the details, the emotions, the precious moments of your wedding are captured for you to cherish forever. You want to make sure the images remain true to your dreams. To that you rely on the skill and artistry of your wedding photographer.But choosing a wedding photographer can become overwhelming or confusing with this style and that package and endless possibilities for coverage? With that in mind, here are a few things to consider for your wedding photography:1. Style.Traditional, Journalistic, Portrait Journalism, Candid and other words are all used to describe methods of wedding photography coverage. Ask to see the photographer’s portfolio or website and review their images. Are the images all set-piece, posed with everyone looking to the camera? That would indicate the photographer tends toward the traditional coverage. Look for this photographer to be very present and even directive during your day. You have hired them to make fantastic, well-lit, and posed portraits and that means they will have to direct the action to get the images you’re looking for. On the other hand, do the photographs tell a cohesive story? Are most of the images crafted with the people engaged with each other rather than the camera, indicating a pure journalistic approach? A portrait journalist will mix the traditional and journalistic styles to provide a mix of posed and candid shots. I would describe my services in the portrait journalist mode. I work to make a series of images throughout your wedding day to tell the love story that is unfolding. If you want formal posed shots I will make those either before or after the ceremony, as your schedule demands. I will also look for other moments throughout the day to pull you and/or the groom aside for some more artistic shots. For these I tend to place you in a situation, with carefully considered lighting, background and other artistic elements, and just let you be yourselves while I compose and shoot these more dramatic photographs.
2. Format.Today’s brides are well acquainted with the digital world, appreciating the many digital product options for their wedding images. Whether captured on traditional film or digital your photographs are likely to see digital formats at some point in the process or for delivery. Each have their strengths and weaknesses. Your wedding photographer should be able to describe these to you. Digital images are more easily preserved and manipulated for effect and can be shared anywhere at any time. But traditional film images have a classic timeless look and feel that is hard to replicate in digital format. Think about whether you will be showcasing your photos on different digital mediums (wedding website, blog, Facebook, smartphone). I shoot mainly digital, using a variety of lenses and DSLR cameras to achieve the look I am after. I maintain the ability to shoot film if requested, but will usually also shoot some digital images for quick turnaround on sneak peek looks for websites and social media sharing.3. Engagement PhotographyWhat a great way to get to know your photographer! Great engagement photos really show off the couple’s chemistry, and give you loads of ways to share your happy announcement with the world through social media. It gives you a chance to do something fun and lighthearted before your wedding day. Working with your photographer, you can use these images to enhance your love story by illustrating your favorite place, restaurant, beach, or intimate hiding place. You will be the envy of all other engaged couples for having these unique images throughout you engagement period. By having an engagement photo session, you can develop a rapport with your photographer that will carry through to the images of your wedding. I provide and highly recommend an engagement photo session option in my wedding coverage service.4. Experience.How long has the photographer been in photography? How many weddings have they photographed? While not always indicative of quality, experience can often make the difference between timeless images and disappointment. Experience will also significantly impact a photographer’s price point. But while a neuvo wedding photographer might seem riskier, he may go the extra mile to make you happy, and even at a lower price. You may get some truly unique shots if you have, say someone who is an art photographer shoot wedding photos! Regardless of the style or specific processes used, experienced wedding photographers will have the entire process of shooting a wedding well rehearsed from beginning to end.5. Budget.Decide your budget and stick with it. You can find great photography at most price points, if you look thoroughly. Understand your budget and your vision for the images before you begin your search. Understand each photographer’s pricing or package structure and how it fits with providing you what you’re looking for in wedding photographs. Don’t be afraid to make a deal. Make sure you like the deal you get, though! Ask for the amount of books you will receive; the number of prints; how many enlargements; if they can frame prints; and whether they will include a CD of high-resolution shots. Many photographers, including me, are now pricing based upon the artistic coverage and electronic image format either online or DVD. Other options such as printed albums or books, or additional coverage come a la carte and can be priced and planned to fit your total photography budget. Wedding packages like mine can be fully customized to provide you just the coverage and products you really want.
Above all, you should be able to trust your photographer. Trust is key. You can’t build a relationship with your photographer if you don’t get along or trust him. The last thing you want is to feel awkward while getting your picture taken on your wedding day. Just make sure the communication works between you and your photographer. Don’t be afraid to describe to them what you see, what you want. Do that from the first meeting, and then trust that the photographer understands and can deliver on your dream. Then, you can open up your wedding images years from now and remember what a perfect day you created!