Choosing the right wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you will have to make in the run up to your big day. Wedding photographs will serve as a long-lasting memory of your big day; use Crondon’s wedding photography advice to ensure you choose your perfect wedding photographer.
Choose your style
Before you begin researching photographers for your big day, you first need to decide what type of photography style you prefer, as this will help you decide on the kind of photographer to look for.
Documentary style are candid or spontaneous shots of people, décor and action, as opposed to posing for a photo. Documentary style shots will often include guests digging into their food, family and friends dancing and bridesmaids with champagne in their hand. The photos will capture the moments exactly as they happen, in a discreet way too so people aren’t staring at the camera!
Portraiture focuses on traditional photography, with posed shots of family and friends in front of various backdrops. Some photographers will pose subjects in front of traditional spots like the lawn or the ceremony alter, whilst others may take photos in dramatic compositions, like the bride and groom lounging on the chairs in the reception.
Fine art is similar to documentary photography as they reflect reality, but they will be more dramatic and beautiful, with the appearance of being shot on a grainier, dreamier appearance.
Do your research
Read reviews from recent newlyweds and browse local listings, making an effort to carefully review potential photographers’ websites and blogs to see what their style is like. Make an effort to meet your potential photographers in person, and discuss the venue, wedding style and how you envision your photos to be.
See full wedding albums
Try not to base your decision purely on what you see in a photographer’s highlights album. Ask to see two or three full galleries from real weddings they’ve shot so you can have a better understanding of what your photos may look like.
Good luck hunting for your perfect wedding photographer!