Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Choosing your Wedding Photographer

Inspired by an article written by one of my favourite photographers, I thought this is a great topic for brides who are in the process of selecting their wedding photographer.

Selecting your wedding photographer is potentially one of the most important decisions you will make for your wedding day. Photographs become a part of your family history. Your photographs are memories captured in time, bringing you back to the emotions and moments of your special day.

There are a few elements to consider during the process of choosing your wedding photographer.

The Photographs
Spend some time looking at wedding blogs, magazines, and photographers’ websites and get a feel for what types of images resonate with you. What is it about the photographs that make you pause, notice and appreciate the art? Is it the colour palette, the lighting, the emotion, the location, the pose? Photography is a very intimate art form. The photographs should reflect your individual style and your personality.

Another thing to consider is, do you prefer more candid shots? Or would you prefer direction from your photographer? Some photographers specialize in a documentary style of photography where they are there to document the day, capture great candid moments, and provide minimal direction. I tend to insert myself into most situations where I will provide direction to the wedding couple, so that the images look and feel exactly how I envision them to be. All of the images you will find on my portfolio are directed. I find that the special intimate moments will arise naturally within the poses, which gives me the perfect opportunity to shoot that frame.  Neither style is better than the other. It is simply a preference to consider.

The Photographer
Something most people don’t realize is that a good wedding photographer will be with you throughout the majority of your wedding day. They will be there capturing all of your special moments - from getting ready to your first dance, and everything in between. It is a delicate balance for a photographer to capture the intimate moments, yet be unobtrusive. The more comfortable you feel, and the more trust you have for your wedding photographer the more natural your photos will be.

The Budget
There is an array of talented photographers to suit every budget. Take the time to meet with the photographers’ with whom you have found a connection. Most photographers will offer a range of coverage and products. The variance of prices, packages and styles between photographers can be overwhelming. Try to look at a large body of their work to get a sense of their experience and their style. The quality and consistency of the photographs is something to take notice of. You will quickly get a sense of what is important to you, and how you want your day to be captured and remembered. As you consider your budget and how you prioritize your finances, never underestimate the value of photography. Your wedding photographs will be your family’s heirlooms, which you should be proud to share with your friends and family.

To see some of my latest work visit lanieliasblog.com

Happy wedding planning, and congratulations to the brides to be! xo
- Lani

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