HOW DO I CHOOSE A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?
Wedding photography is so much more than just having a nice camera and taking hundreds of photos, hoping to cover all of your bases. The first thing we hear from all shooters who are just starting out is, “Wedding photography is much harder than I thought it would be.” Our answer, “of course it is!”
Below is a list of the skills that your wedding photographer should possess and are the areas that you should pay attention to during your meetings and conversations with a professional wedding photographer. We recommend that you read this section first. Then head on over to our list of “10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer” for more specific ideas on what types of questions you should be asking when meeting with potential wedding photographers.
Strong Reviews – How Was The Experience of Past Clients?
When a wedding photographer has numerous reviews they are more likely to be established and deliver a great product compared to a company with just a few reviews. It is common for clients to rave about not only their final product, but their experience with the wedding photographer as well.
Check out some of these kind words left by our amazing couples!
Expertise – Being a Technical and Creative Wedding Photographer
A professional wedding photographer should not only really understand the technical side of their camera gear, but they must also be creative and artisitc as well. Having a great camera and technical skills will allow your wedding photographer to capture exposed, well-lit images regardless of the lighting situation and time constraints. On the other hand, having great creative skills will allow your photographer to approach each shot with a unique viewpoint and artistic vision ensuring that the shots are not just photos, but they are beautiful images.
Check out our camera gear and how we use it here!
Personality – Being Personable and Charismatic
Just as important (if not more important) as their technical knowledge and creativity are the wedding photographer's interpersonal skills. How well do they interact with their clients and those at the wedding? Are they outgoing, personable, charismatic, professional, and honest?
It is so important that you vibe with your photographer. On the wedding day they will be your best friend; you will be spending an entire day with your photographer on the most improtant day of your life. A wedding photographer with a personality that matches your own is essential to the overall experience of your wedding.
Photography Style – Do You Like Their Style Of Wedding Photography?
While researching photographers, you’ll come to notice the many different styles of wedding photography. At the same time, you’ll begin to notice what styles you do and do not like. You will get a better idea of the photographer’s artistic style from looking at their blog or website rather than a few images on their Instagram. Taking the extra time to research the complete portfolios of your top choices will definitely be worth it in the end.
Quality over Quantity
When seeking a photographer, it’s best to not get caught up in the number of products each photographer is promising. Stay focused on the actual quality of the work provided. You can always purchase an album or additional prints later (even 5-10 years later), but you can’t change the quality of the photographs taken at the wedding once the wedding day has been and gone.
Consistency throughout the Wedding Day
Many photographers will only showcase their very best photographs on their website or portfolio. It is easy to get one or two beautiful photos on a wedding day, but it is much harder to achieve a consistently beautiful set of images across an entire ten hour day. From the dimly lit preparation space of a hotel room, to the overly bright sunlit outdoor ceremony, and then back to the dark recpetion venue, who need to be able to trust that your photography team have the experience, equipment and stamina on deliver a full set of beautiful and creative wedding day photos from start to finish that you will treasure.
You can check out our recent weddings from start to finish here!
Having More than One Wedding Photographer
We are often asked the question, “Why do I need more than one wedding photographer?”
If you were to look at your wedding from a story telling perspective you would see a primary storyline surrounded by smaller side stories that are happening at the same moment. For example, during a wedding ceremony, the main story is, of course, the bride and groom. However, there may be multiple side stories occurring at the same moment. For instance, mum or dad wiping the tear from their eyes or the flower girl sitting in the corner picking petals from a flower in her hands.
No matter how good a photographer is, they cannot be at all places at the same time; and so, to compensate, we use multiple wedding photographers, each with a different focus. For example, our lead photographer focuses strictly on the bride and groom. Our second wedding photographer would focus on reaction shots from the family, guests, etc. Our third (when needed) would focus on creative imagery by constantly surveying and moving around the scene to find unique angles and compositions of our subjects.
Having multiple photographers enables our team to broaden the coverage and creative eyes at the event. All of our packages include two wedding photographers regardless of the size of the wedding; for weddings of more than 200 guests we may reccommend investing in a third photographer for at least part of the wedding day.
Cultural Wedding Experience
Whether it be an African Guheka a Chinese Tea Ceremony or a traditional Laos Wedding Ceremony, cultural weddings include an abundance of exciting traditions. Documenting a cultural wedding requires additional time and attention to detail when compared to western weddings. It is important that your wedding photography team has that experience and understanding of cultural wedding ceremonies.