Your wedding photography will be the most cherished keepsake from one of the happiest days of your life. And although the trend in wedding albums today features fewer posed shots and more spontaneous photographs, you’ll want your photographer to capture a variety of scenes throughout the celebration. As you discuss the style of wedding album you prefer, consider the views you won’t want to miss and discuss with your photographer which will be posed shots and which will be candids. Then leave the photographer to weave a little magic into your romantic wedding story.
To capture the most important day of your life, leave absolutely nothing to chance. When you meet with potential photographers it’s important to ask all the right questions before signing on the dotted line.
Ask Your Photographer:
- Would you define your style as traditional, or candid and more photojournalistic?
- Do you shoot in color, black-and-white or both?
- Can I be specific about what I want or do you prefer to work independently?
- Can I provide a list of must-have photographs?
- Do you employ assistants? If so, how many? (Make a point of meeting with the exact people who will cover your wedding.) Will there be more than one photographer shooting?
- How long have you been in business? Can you estimate how many weddings you photograph in a year? Does that include more than one per weekend?
- Describe your pricing? Do you charge by the hour or by the number of shots? How many shots do you typically get per wedding?
- How long do you keep the hi-res images on file?
- What kind of lighting do you use? Describe the back-up equipment you can provide if needed.
- Do you have past albums I can review? (Don’t settle for a quick glance at a few portraits; ask to see entire books.)
- Can you provide names and numbers of recently married couples as references?
- Now Ask Yourself: What type of rapport would I develop with this particular photographer? Would I feel comfortable working with him/her?
- When you review their work:
Is the lighting appropriate?
Were details captured creatively?
Does the style suit the style of your wedding?
- Ask the references you call:
Would you hire this same photographer again?
Did he/she deliver the shots you wanted?
Were your orders filled promptly?
A sampling of the work of two wedding photographers, Abigail Seymour of Greensboro, NC, and Nani Oei of Seattle, WA, is shown below. Abigail is central North Carolina’s eco-friendly photographer, providing affordable, artistic wedding photos to couples who want to get married with minimal impact on the environment. Nani’s preferred style for shooting weddings is retro vintage style portrait journalism with mostly candid photos along with a few requested posed photos.
I’ve included both color and black & white photos. The b/w photos can be very appealing and in some cases, can capture emotion not possible with color.
While both do excellent work, their styles differ. You can see why it is so important to choose a photographer whose style is a fit for you.