The Hunt for the Right Photographer

The Hunt for the Right Photographer

Find the right photographer for your wedding

  • Ensure the photographer coming to see you is the one who is available to photograph your wedding. Sounds bizarre, but it is not always the case when booking through an agency, they may send a sales person
  • Ask if the album you are seeing is all that particular photographer‘s work.
  • Ask to see an album of a recent wedding in its entirety. We can all pick out 20 of our best holiday snaps and look like David Bailey!
  • Ask what is included in the price ie an album, reprints, framed picture, travel, postage etc
  • If you are marrying late in the day in winter, ask to see pictures from other late weddings that took place with little to no available light.
  • Ask how many cameras they carry on the day.
  • Do they view the venue beforehand on the day to pick out all the best spots for photos in either sunshine or rain?
  • Check and compare their reprint prices.

Different Styles of Photography

Photographers these days have a number of different styles of taking pictures to convene with the increasing number of wedding styles that take place. Here is a rough guide:

The main styles are:

Formal

This style focuses mainly on posed pictures before the wedding, at the church/ceremony venue and at the beginning of the reception. If perfectly posed and well-styled photographs of yourselves and your family are important to you, this would be the most suitable style of photography for your wedding. If you also feel that you would be more comfortable following the lead from a photographer than being captured unawares, the formal or classic portrait photographer is for you. He or she will tell you where and how to stand, how to smile and where to look – guaranteeing perfect pictures. This style of photography is also certain to stage every group shot you require – no important family member will be missed or pictured with their eyes closed or hat tilted! These pictures are presented hand mounted in a leather album.

Candid

A slightly more relaxed style than the Formal photography. It still incorporates group shots but the photographer will also shoot some less formal and impromptu pictures. The photographer will also stay on to cover speeches and first dance (and beyond if you require) as part of this photography package. Some black and white pictures are usually included in this style.

Storybook, reportage

An increasingly popular way of photographing weddings – a totally informal and more relaxed approach is the style of this wedding photography. A mixture of black and white and colour shots that cover everything from getting ready to leaving at the end of the reception. You normally purchase all of the pictures in this package (you pay per film used on the day) and they are not usually mounted in an album. If you want every moment captured (attractive and not so attractive) and would enjoy mounting 200+ photos into an album of your choice, this style is for you.

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