So you’re engaged and now begins the mammoth task of starting to organise your dream wedding day. Choosing your wedding photographer can often be one of the biggest and most challenging choices to make after the dress and venue of course. So where to start?
The first consideration is style, you need to find a photographers style that really resonates with you.
Can you picture yourself in their photos?
Will they stand the test of time?
We’ve all seen a friend or family members wedding album with photos that just look hideously dated because of the trend of the era. This is why choosing a style is so important to get right.
So what photography styles are there.
Traditional or Classic
Pros: With couples that are not used to being in front of a camera this will actually help create a beautiful look and give real shape and tone to your wedding photographs. Then when some natural interaction occurs these “posed” shots can make for some of the best natural looking shots of the day as people start to laugh and carry on.
Cons: Some inexperienced photographers that use this method may spend a lot of time setting up shots and it can often feel like you’re on a movie set if it drags out. This all depends on your photographers’ personality and experience.
Photojournalism photography takes its style from the documentary style that a newspaper would use to tell a story. Nothing is posed, well extremely little there’s always a small element of direction that must be given by any photographer. A photojournalistic wedding photographer will follow the day’s events from start to end documenting the day as it naturally unfolds.
Pros: It doesn’t even feel like your wedding photographer is there he or she tends to blend in with the crowd as they get a lot of casual intermit moments between guest and the wedding party. Usually very candid and natural looking photographs, this is one many reasons why photo journalistic wedding photography has become quite popular.
Cons: Without some form of direction some pictures can look a little lackluster due to the lack of shape to one’s stance, after all, you can’t see the way that you’re standing or the way the light is falling on your face but your photographer can. Some men especially need to be directed because being in front of a camera may be a little overwhelming. Sometimes a small direction is all you need to have the best light on you and this can totally change an images feel and look.
Modern or Artistic
Modern or artistic wedding photography can be best described as being more stylistic. They use dramatic poses or lighting and heavy post production effects or filters to enhance images to give more mood, drama, texture and tone. It gives the images an art like effect rather than traditional wedding portrait.
Pros: Framed wedding prints can look quite artistic and fantastic as wall art. Some images make for excellent everyday artworks that you can use around the house.
Cons: This style may become dated quicker than others as photography styles and post production effects change and “modernise”.
In the end, it’s a personal choice to which style you prefer and it all comes down to how well you interact with your photographer on the day. How he or she talks to you, gives direction and how they make you feel in front of the camera. As strange as it sounds choosing your wedding photography is a highly emotional decision.
The best advice I can offer is simply meet in person with 2 or 3 photographers who’s work really ‘speaks’ to you. Personality is by far the most important element to any wedding photographer because if you don’t get along and you’re not on the same page it could make for a poor wedding day experience.