Wedding photography is one incredibly important aspect of a wedding, that will last for many years.
A wedding is a special day that will last in your memory forever…
….however, memories aren’t always enough to preserve all of the beautiful moments of the day, which is why high quality wedding photography and videography are a must-have.
A wedding photographer or videographer is usually one person, although you can also hire separate people to complete these different tasks.
The goal of wedding photography is to capture all of the aspects of the wedding that you will want to remember years later.
This is why it is so important to find a professional photographer that you can truly be satisfied with.
To do so, take a look at these three things to look for in a photographer/videographer, and start the search today!
Choose Wedding Photography Styles
You probably have a wedding theme in mind (or all planned out) already.
To go along with this, you’ll want to choose a style of wedding photography or videography and find someone that will record in this particular style.
One style is documentary, where photos are candid.
Candid photos are a factual representation of what occurred at the wedding, and is much more organic than posed shots.
You might prefer portraiture.
This specialized type of wedding photography focuses on the more traditional portraits, and usually has a specific photographer to go with it.
Another great alternative is “fine art” photography.
This lovely example of fine art wedding photography from Wedding Wire.
The “fine art” style is more artistic and creative, or “edgy” and “bold”, with unusual angles and bold framing.
Talk to several different pro photographers to determine if their style matches what you have in mind.
Check Out Their Past Work
The photographer you choose should be experienced, and you can and should ask to look at their portfolio and previous wedding albums as samples.
Ask to review full albums instead of just highlights…
…this will let you know how good the photographer is at a variety of different photographs.
Furthermore, look at photos with a critical eye; look for specific aspects that you would want to see in photos of your own wedding, and definitely notice flaws if there are any.
Choose One You Like!
You’ll be around your wedding photographer a lot.
This is the person that will be following you around over the entire course of your wedding, and will be capturing all of your best moments, as well as those of your guests.
As such, it is important that your personalities mesh well.
You want to make sure that this is a person you can work with effectively.
To determine this, hold interviews with potential photographers to see how well the two of you can communicate and agree on an artistic vision.
Take Your Time When Hiring
You shouldn’t take choosing a wedding photographer lightly.
Think about this as if you are an employer of a business who is looking for an employee — essentially, that’s what you’re doing!
Great wedding photography should be something you’ll want to frame and cherish for many years — a family heirloom, and an art piece.
So think creatively, and find a professional who does the same!
Here at Mobile Wedding, we love to think creatively. It’s how we’ve come up with so many great backdrops and scenery for the weddings that are held at StoryBrook barn in Canal Fulton, Ohio.