WHERE DO I START WHEN LOOKING FOR MY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?
So you've started planning your wedding! YAY. Now you're faced with a lot of choice when it comes to
wedding photographers and it can be overwhelming. Your wedding photography can be a very expensive aspect of your day and also a very important one.
Different styles, budgets, coverage times, package options etc. So let's break all of that down for you and help discover what you want from your wedding photography.
1. STYLES OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Firstly you need to work out what kind of photography style suits you and what you are comfortable with. The first style we'll talk about is reportage/documentary style wedding photography.
Reportage or documentary style is a more candid style of photography. It is all about capturing natural reactions and emotion. There is minimal posing with documentary style wedding photography. They will often use prompts instead of posing during the bridal portrait sessions rather than posing. This enables the photographer to capture you both as naturally as possible and this can feel like a very natural unfolding of your day. Your gallery from a reportage/documentary style photographer will be 95% candid and natural moments, and your gallery should tell a nice flowing story of your day. You will however have to ask your photographer for any formal group pictures that you may want as this may not be part of their schedule of the day. A reportage photographer will most likely ask you to keep your formal group shot list short and simple so that you can both enjoy your day more freely and not eat up into your reception drinks hour.
Pros: A very unobtrusive style of photography and you aren't way from your guests for too long. Favoured by couples who may be a little shy in front of the camera and prefer prompts to poses.
Cons: Lack of posed formal guest shots unless requested.
Traditional photography incorporates many posed aspects of the day from formal groups to bridal portrait sessions that can take up a portion of your day. Your photographer may spend quite a while with you both during day which may mean they miss other natural moments of the day and you can be away from your guests for extended periods of times. However traditional photographers spend a lot of time perfectly lighting their shots and expertly posing. This is particularly suitable for couples that prefer a more uniform structure to their day in regards to photography and are happy to set aside over an hour for photography alone (this is usually done in the reception drinks hour after the ceremony). Traditional photographers are usually very experienced in posing techniques, composition and organising your guests for formal shots.