Be it in print or online, weddings and other important life milestones are always accompanied by amazing photos. When all is said and done, the only tangible remains of the elaborate wedding that was planned for months (or maybe years!) are the precious photographs from the said day. Wedding photography is a huge industry and it also comes with a hefty price tag because the photos are meant to be kept for a lifetime.
With the importance given to wedding photos, the question that remains is how to spot a great wedding photographer? With a wide range of selection from among thousands of studios, companies, and practicing professionals, which one should you get?
Below we’ve made a list of what we think are great characteristics and qualities that a great wedding photographer should have. Read on!
Wedding photographers with tons of experience in the field know the order of events even before they are handed any schedule or itinerary. They can anticipate what would happen next, they know the key people that are to be included in the photos, and they also have mastered which moments to definitely not miss. All these can only be learned through experience, which means hiring one which is brand new to the field or is on his or her first wedding shoot could mean disaster. There are no do-overs or pause buttons during the wedding day, so it is best to put your trust into a seasoned veteran when it comes to documentation to ensure that every single moment is captured.
All in the frame.
Pick a wedding photographer with a wide variety of shots in their portfolio. Technically speaking, it would translate to the range the photographer has in their armory, like numerous lenses and multiple back up cameras, just in case. Showcasing different angles and views of the wedding day will allow you to see all the details and all the spectacular moments you might have missed while walking down the aisle or while waiting to enter the reception area. It isn’t always supposed to be all about the faces, sometimes wedding photos that contain the tiniest details of the bridal bouquet or the beautiful sunset right by the ceremony altar are those that simply take your breath away.
The main divide with wedding photographers is with regards to posed shots and candid photos. The traditional posed wedding portraits are highly favorable for the older generations, as the couple gets to look straight into the camera with their big smiles and the photographer directs them as to which pose to do, how to stand, and where to position themselves. A more modern take on it is to simply let things flow all throughout the day, as the photographer captures the photos in a non-invasive manner while the couple focuses on the actual program of the day. It is best to have a talk with your fiancé and decide on which style you would both prefer.
The right chemistry.
After checking all the qualities listed above, the most important factor in choosing your wedding photographer is chemistry. Keep in mind that they are going to be with you and your fiancé during the entire wedding day, including the most intimate and private moments. Make sure you feel comfortable working with them and that you are able to tell them any concerns you might have with regards to the photos, the angles, the people you might want to have a special photo with during the day, or any restrictions you and your fiancé might have.