Happy Valentines Day!
Has the love of your life got down on one knee yet? Or are you already in the planning stage for your wedding? There are so many important decisions to make and so much for you to plan ahead for your wedding. The venue, the date, the theme, your dress and the photographer the list goes on.
In this blog I have a few tips for you to consider when choosing your wedding photographer. There is so much choice with a wide range of package deals and offers but it's essential that you choose a photographer who is going to capture your wedding and provide you with a collection of images that you love!
There are many different types of photography. Reportage or a photojournalism style give you a collection of un-posed candid images throughout the day, whilst a traditional approach consists of more posed images and groups shots. Some photographers will cover both of these styles. The choice is yours – there is no right or wrong – what is really important for you to understand is that each photographer has his or her own style. They cannot change that style, copy your favourite Pinterest photo or mirror an image from someone’s else’s wedding. A great way to see how a photographer will shoot your wedding is to see if they have a full wedding to show you.
When I capture a wedding I love to capture it all. From the bride’s preparations, her dress hanging on the window, her shoes (particularly her shoes), and the candid moments throughout the day, laughter and tears. Right through to those all important romantic shots capturing my couples at their best.
Consider the editing style of your photographer. With digital photography allowing photographers to become even more creative, it’s also a good idea for you to look at their personal editing style. Some photographers use colour washes to create a vintage or whimsical finish whilst others prefer a vivid saturated or even de-saturated look. It’s something for you to pay attention to when you view their portfolio/gallery.
During my editing/retouching stage, I prefer to keep my colours natural and as close as possible to the colour palette you have chosen. I don’t believe I have the right to change the colours you have put so much thought into. I find sometimes applying a colour wash can potentially change colours, for instance changing the colour of your bridesmaid's dresses from a vivid green to pale apple green. I do, however, absolutely love black and white photographs, they are so timeless and classy. I produce a collection of colour and black and white images to showcase your wedding.
Get to know your wedding photographer. Most photographers will offer you a consultation meeting to discuss your plans even before they agree to secure your date. This is a great idea as your photographer will be spending a lot of time with you on the big day. You are essentially asking them to spend at least six hours with you on a day where emotions and feelings are exposed. They should be someone whom you both feel comfortable with. I’m not saying they should become your best friend but getting to know them before your big day will prevent you from having a stranger at your wedding – you will feel more comfortable and relaxed.
I will always invite my couples to a consultation meeting - which is a chat over a cup of tea - where I get to hear about the exciting plans they are about to make. During the months leading up to the wedding, I also like to drop them the occasional message to see how it’s all going. I love having a pre-wedding photo session with them where I give them some gentle guidance to relax them in front of the camera. It also gives me an insight into them as a couple which allows me to get the best from them on their wedding day.
I hope these three little tips will help you chose the right photographer to capture your special day. If you like my work I’d love you to get in touch …