Capturing the moment
CAPTURING THE MOMENT
-Advise from one of our recommended photgraphers: Roger Brown Photography
There is so much to think about when choosing a wedding photographer, especially with so much choice available. Each photographer welcome with their own style and approach. Having a good connection and shared vision for your special day is key. Here are some useful tips on how to get the very best from your wedding photography.
Your wedding photos are something you plan to treasure for the rest of your married lives together, so make sure you’re going to be happy with the quality of the images and variety of pictures. The key is communication with your photographer, definitely find someone you can get along well with because you will be spending a lot of time together!
There are 4 main styles of wedding photography – decide which one works best for you.
Lots of intervention and direction from your photographer, mostly posed shots. Your photographer will usually work from your “wish list” of shots you have worked out you would like. Showing examples of pictures you want from magazines, or Pintrest is a great start to clearly communicate what you are looking for.
Reportage or Documentary Style –
This style aims to capture all those impromptu candid moments of the day. Less posed shots and more purely natural shots. Your photographer will be busying himself in the background and will intervene less in your day’s proceedings.
Fine Art –
The creation of stand-alone images that can be used as wall art. The style of capturing these is often reportage, although photographer controls the pose, lighting etc and then the image is treated by the photographer in post-production to create a piece of fine art.
Very on trend at the moment, the photographer hones in on certain vintage elements of your wedding and may use film or special filters to create a “vintage” feel.
If a wedding is styled in a vintage way then it’s great to use some effects in post-production. However, I have been asked to supply vintage style when the styling is classic. It does not work with stately homes and top hats and tails and can look a little bit strange.
My style can be all of these, but I particularly enjoy working with the fine art and reportage style rather than classic. Remember, you have to live with your pictures for the rest of your life so pick wisely.
Here are some important questions to ask your photographer:
What is your photography style?
Do you have a gallery I can view?
How much of the day do you cover?
Describe your working style?
Do you know/have you already worked at my chosen venue?
What is included in your package? Does the final album fit in the package or is it an extra?
What is your “fall back” position in case of illness on the day?
How to look good in your photos
Don’t get too drunk!
Don’t hunch – stand with your shoulders back and head up (slightly forward and chin up prevents the dreaded double chin!)
Engage with the camera – use your eyes to show your happiness.
Avoid pressing your arms against your body, instead leave a slight gap, this looks more elegant.
Relax and enjoy your day – this WILL come across in your photos!