So how do you choose the right wedding photographer?
After all there are a lot of them around, and they seem to offer similar, yet not identical, things. And prices? Prices are hugely variable. So what should you ask to find the right wedding photographer for you?
Wedding Photography Price
OK, you will have a budget, but be prepared to break your budget on your photography. It’s the only thing you will have in 10 years time. Not the meal or hotel, but the photographs – consider where this sits in your budget.
Then add in what you want from your photographer:
– A wedding album
– Additional Prints
– Canvas Prints
– A CD/DVD of all images
Wedding Photography Timing
When do you want the photographer to start and finish? It used to be your photographer turned up just before the service, took 12 pictures before you went in, then another 24 group shots outside the church afterwards.
Well it’s not like that now, our typical session will start with the bride getting ready in the morning all the way through to the dancing in the evening, so work out which parts you want covered. Remember though, you really want to tell the Story of the DAY – the whole day, not just the service in the middle:
– Bride getting ready
– Groom getting ready
– Guests arriving at service
– The service itself
– Guests after the service
– Cake Cutting
– First Dance
– Evening Fun and Dancing
– Wedding couple portraits
– Family portraits
Wedding Photography Style
No doubt the style now is much more towards the “reportage” or “natural” photography of the wedding day. Our aim is to make sure we get happy, smiling (or emotional) people being natural throughout the day.
But, your family will never forgive you if you do not have the formal group shots – and indeed you will want them in the years to come.
Also, I strongly favour the couple portraits, to feature the two of you beaming, grinning and full of love on that special day.
Also, the bridal dress needs some special work to really make it.
So, there has to be an element of formal posing.
You can add into this mix some “Fashion” style posing, or “Art” posing – this may be posed to look casual or look very stylized – but the aim is to create a very “WOW” image, above and beyond your average capture the moment type image.