You’re getting married! On your long “to do” list is choosing your wedding photographer.
Finding a photographer can seem a daunting task as there are many with similar styles and varied price ranges.
When you first start researching, you will see photographers who describe their style as “documentary” or “photojournalistic”.
This means they take pictures without the subject really knowing they are being photographed.
A photographer may also use the word “formal”. This is the style of image that everybody recognises from wedding albums – pictures where people are posed in groups in front of the camera
I’d suggest a mixture of both styles. Candid shots are great but if you are self-conscious about a part of your body (which lots of us are) then it’s harder to deal with this in “photojournalistic” photography. Weddings are a great way to get people together and more formal shots also ensure that distant aunts or long lost friends will be included.
A good starting point is to:
Think about the style(s) of photography you’d like
Decide on the range of photos you want (for instance, if you are having a rehearsal, do you want that photographed?)
Ask your friends who they’d recommend
Check out wedding websites – many have a section dedicated to wedding photography
Can your wedding venue help – who would they suggest?
When you are working to a budget it’s really tempting to think about using a friend or relative. I’d advise against this. Lighting in venues can be difficult – an experienced photographer will deal with this whilst your friend may not. It’s also surprising how much activity goes on and how much behind the scenes organisation is needed to get the pictures you want. . An experienced wedding photographer will be ready for this so you can be confident of the results.
Narrow your choice down to three or four and try to meet them all. Talk to them about how they will work with you and your guests. Most of us aren’t natural models and it helps to have a photographer who can organise people as needed. Check that they can cover the range of photos you have in mind for the day.
Your wedding will be fun but intense and you will have a close relationship with your photographer. So, the most important thing? Make sure you like the person you choose, it really can make all the difference.
If you’d like some general advice or just a chat before meeting me, please get in touch.
I am a wedding photographer in Bromsgrove and Birmingham but I am happy to travel!