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WHERE TO START
Unless you’re lucky enough to know a professional photographer, the search starts with wedding magazines, websites and word of mouth. It’s a good idea to compare the work of a few photographers to help you get an impression of the range of styles on offer, but bear in mind that advertisements and web presentations usually show only the best of the photographer’s work. You need to find out more. Narrow the choice to a few potentials and arrange meetings with them.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
A good rapport with the photographer is essential. You’ll be spending a significant amount of time together on the day and it’s a huge advantage if you’re at ease with them. If you simply don’t take to the person, it’s probably best to start looking elsewhere. And if you’re visiting a larger company that employs a few photographers, make sure you meet the one who will take your pictures on the day – not just the first photographer who’s available to talk to you on the visit.
These are images that make use of specific backdrops and lighting to create ‘idyllic’ depictions of the bride and groom. Sepia tints and soft focus can enhance this further and if you really want to have some shots that convey the romance of the occasion, pick a photographer that favours this style of image. (image: Craig & Eva Sanders Photography)
Formal group images provide a good record of everyone there and ensure each guest is included in at least one shot. Consider a number of portraits as part of the album – older relatives tend to order these images in bulk. Where else but your wedding will you have the chance to photograph large groups of family and friends together? (image: Ally Stuart Wedding Photography)
A journalistic approach to the day – the photographer will aim to ‘tell a story’ of the day. Pictures might be taken unobtrusively during actual events, rather than the scene being artificially reconstructed for the cameras later. Genuine emotions experienced can be captured.
(image: Helen Abraham Photography)
A less formal approach, usually still including some formal shots, but also taking more unexpected images.The period of photography is often extended to include the speeches, the meal and the first dance, although you can discuss this with your photographer. (image: Mike Paul Photography)
• On location
You might have a special place in or near the venue where some dramatically styled, more lengthily prepared shots can be taken. Whether it’s a windswept beach, a train station or a beautiful staircase, these theatrical shots can bring impact and add fun to an album.
(Image: CIA Photography)
• Trade tricks
There are all sorts of techniques available to enhance your images, such as hand tinting where you pick out areas of colour on a black and white image. Sepia will create an ‘old-fashioned’ look, while a blue tint might add energy to more contemporarily styled shots.
(image: Gail Photography)