Important Info about Wedding Photography

August 16, 2012

 

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, and it should be documented as such. Finding a talented wedding photographer involves so much more than flipping open the Yellow Pages and choosing one based on an advertisement— not only will you be giving your wedding photographer the responsibility of capturing your wedding memories, you’ll be paying them quite a bit of money to do so.

You Get What you Pay For

Although cost is often the most important determining factor for couples when it comes to hiring a wedding photographer, remember that shopping around for a photographer isn’t the same as shopping for your wedding gown: you won’t see what you paid for until after the fact, and by then it may be too late.

Consider the following when looking for a wedding photographer:

  • Personal referrals. Personal referrals are a good way to ensure that others have had positive experiences with the photographer. A friend or relative is not going to lie to you about their own experience or the quality of the photographer’s work.
  • View the photographer’s portfolio. These days, most wedding photographers have websites featuring online portfolios of their work. Take advantage of this, and look at the wedding photos they’ve taken recently. If they do not have an online portfolio, ask to sample wedding albums in person.
  • Speak on the telephone. If you like someone’s work enough that you’re considering hiring them, speak to them on the phone. A short phone interview will answer a few of your important questions and provide you with basic information before deciding if you’d like to proceed.
  • Meet in person. If the phone interview went well, meet the photographer in person. They’ll be playing a major part in your wedding day, and you don’t want to hire someone that you aren’t comfortable being around.
  • Finalize specific details before paying a deposit. Be sure to get all of your questions answered and all of your wedding photography details finalized before giving the photographer any money.

 

Current Wedding Photography Trends

In order to wind up with the type of wedding photos that you want, you’ll need to use a wedding photographer that can meet your needs. It’s up to you to let your photographer know of any special requirements or wedding photo ideas that you have in mind.

We’ve all seen relatives’ wedding photo albums full of dated pictures that make us want to laugh because of the bad hairdos, ugly bridesmaid dresses, and goofy poses, but the truth is that trends come and go— even in photography. Those pictures looked good when they were taken, but times change.

Some current wedding photography trends include:

  • Wedding Photojournalism. A wedding photojournalist captures photos for the duration of the entire wedding day, everything from the bride getting her hair and nails done to the final guests leaving the reception. Wedding photojournalism is a popular alternative approach to traditional, posed photos, and it’s done to tell the story of the day through photos. The photojournalist typically captures images quickly using the camera’s flash as opposed to studio lights.
  • Outdoor Photographs. Even if you’ll be getting married indoors, some of your wedding photographs can be taken outside. Thanks to the sun’s natural light, the beauty of nature, and the use of architecture as a backdrop, outdoor wedding photographs can be an absolutely stunning addition to your wedding album.
  • Photos Taken by Guests. Placing disposable cameras on reception tables is still a great way to wind up with some unique wedding photos. Giving your guests with cameras will ensure that they’re willing to take pictures of the party, and they’ll probably capture photos of things you never even noticed. Wedding guests often take great pictures of the bride and groom, the wedding party, and the other guests.

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of developing film and scanning the pictures, forgo the disposable cameras and ask your guests to upload their digital photos to a photo hosting website. You can easily create an online wedding album and provide everyone with the username and password so they can contribute their own photos. Alternatively, you can have a laptop at the reception where guests can download their photos directly from their camera before they leave for the evening.

These are just a few current trends in wedding photography. If you have other ideas or suggestions, be sure to bring them up when you meet with your photographer.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions—after all, you’re spending your hard earned money so this person can take pictures of your special day, and there’s no such thing as a dumb question.

 

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