Choosing Your Wedding Photographer
Over the past twenty years, wedding photography has turned into a whole new art form. It may even mean something different for each couple. Previously, wedding photographers were the people who dared attempt to operate the mystical black box no one really understood.
Today, your friend’s camera phone are much less expensive than a professional wedding photographer. However, professional wedding photographers actually know what they’re doing, and must have much more to offer the lucky couple. In fact, professional wedding photographers are far more well-versed in using modern technology to perfectly capture a wedding. This sets wedding photography apart from most other art forms.
But with this new level of complexity comes a challenge for wedding photographers. They now need to be able to suit a couple’s needs as well as possible.
There a lot of photography buzzwords you may be familiar with. You may have heard the terms “vintage”, “artistic”, or “editorial” before. Confusingly, photographers can’t seem to agree on just what these terms mean.
Ultimately, it is up to the couple to decide on their wedding photographer. Wedding photography comes in many different styles.
Firstly, there’s photojournalism photography, otherwise known as documentary or reportage photography. This is when the photographer doesn’t direct or set up any of the shots, but just covers the wedding naturally. This encourages creativity in capturing the event in the most natural way possible.
Traditional wedding photography is where people line up for photos, directed by the photographer. This, of course, requires time and patience, as the photographer will need to set everything up for each photo.
Another example is artistic wedding photography, also known as fine art wedding photography. This is something of a different take on traditional wedding photography. At its best, this style can capture your wedding in a very romantic and artistic fashion.
There are quite a few more styles and genres of wedding photography, but you shouldn’t get bogged down in labels. If you become too concerned with the labels, they often just make the decision more difficult. You don’t really even have to choose just one.
Really, your wedding photographer can mix and match between styles for each photo. In fact, they might have to use different styles for the sake of getting the shot just right.
Some photographers excel in one style over others, even using it in their marketing strategy. Some others use a more mixed style of photography. You need to look past all the buzzwords; there are a lot of different photographers to choose from. Ultimately, it is their abilities as a photographer that really matters.
Their portfolio should show how well they can capture each and every part of the wedding. They should be experienced and professional. They need to be able to deal with every situation and shooting condition. They need to be able to dedicate time and effort to your wedding.