Couples today have become much more adventurous and imaginative when it comes to capturing their special day. Modern twosomes are moving more in this direction rather than the traditional wedding photos and poses seen in the past. Whatever you choose, traditional or funky, vintage or alternative, it’s crucial to find a wedding photographer that is on your wave length.
Many people don’t realize how important the role of a wedding photographer is to making their special day as wonderful as it can be. The relation you have with your photographer is as important as your intended spouse (for that day at least!) You want someone who is not only experienced but flexible, fits with your personality, and who also has great, creative ideas of his or her own.
Apart from the basic, expected requirements of professional expertise, here are some basic, fundamental tips to go by when choosing a photographer:
1) Relaxed – Nerves are inevitable on your wedding day, and not just for the bride and groom. The pressure to make everything go smoothly affects everyone, so it’s important to choose a photographer who is relaxed and full of smiles, so they will help people to smile themselves. If the photographer is stressed because things are not going perfectly, it will only intensify the pressure for everyone and result in bad photos.
2) Mini Beautician – It is a huge help when your photographer knows all the little tricks of the trade to help keep everyone beautiful for the photos. Whether they adjust that lock of hair just right, or suggest a darker shade of lipstick, experienced photographers will know how to make the best out of everyone in the photo.
3) Flexibility – Anything can happen on your wedding day. Minds change, weather changes, things happen out of our control. Your photographer should be able to cope with any last minute changes to the photo shoot effortlessly and without panic.
4) Samples – Always ask to see samples of a photographer’s work before committing to work with them. Ask what their forte is, how they like to work in different environments, what their back-up plan is if the weather turns etc. Feel free to ‘interview’ them to really get a feel for whether you want to work with them or not.
5) Express your personality – What you want to be sure of when it comes to your wedding photos is that your personality as a couple shines through with every picture. The wedding photographer needs to have a really good idea of what this personality is for this to be successful. If you’re looking for traditional and demure photos, or slightly more crazy and fun, or somewhere in between, they need to know you well to get it right. If they don’t spend enough time with you or ask you many questions to find out, they make get you completely wrong.
6) Image is everything – if you meet your photographer in person and they are a bit dishevelled, untidy or unkempt in any way, it might reflect on their quality of work. Most photographers are artists, and some are technical wizzes with the camera that may not pay much attention to detail or personal image. Ask for samples of their work to ensure you feel completely comfortable with the photographer’s style of work, regardless of what their own personal ‘image’ is.
7) Storytelling – Your life with your loved one is a story, a story you want captured in your wedding photos. A wedding photographer should offer to shoot pre-wedding photos to capture your story completely, but if that’s not in your budget, ensure they know your story, so it can shine through on the day. The photographs should capture those special moments that may not always be posed, but will certainly be memorable.
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