Choosing Your Wedding Photographer
"Trash the flash!
Obviously a photographer isn't going to trash his trusty flash but have you ever thought a photographer uses that obnoxious thing a little to much?
Your not the only one! A lot of photographers have enough artificial lighting devices to light up a stadium and still carry all of them around. Is it needed? A lot of times yes but it's for sure overly used. Why? In the days of film you had to use a slower film speed to get a crisp clean photo. Slow film speed in a dark church or building is not a good mix, there just isn't enough ambient light to get a fast shutter speed so flashes were used.
Now with digital and the technology available a photographer with the right equipment can now use a much higher "film" speed or what is called ISO and still get a clean crisp not overly grainy photo.
Why doesn't everybody shoot this way? One reason is it's not what they are used to, it's much easier to just light up the whole area of the shot and get a cleaner shot. The other is that the equipment that let's you shoot with lower ambient (natural) light (the camera, the lenses) is very expensive.
What's wrong with flash? At times it's the only way to get a shot but it is called "artificial" light for a reason. It doesn't look natural. There is no depth given with the shadows that natural light can produce, there is a big difference.
Are you not looking forward to the pictures being taken during your wedding because those lights driving you crazy? Don't stress about it! More photographers are moving to this style of photography. Look carefully at their work and ask great questions.
Your photographer will spend the most amount of time with you then any other vendor at your wedding, don't let them control your day with to many distractions. "
- Aaron of Underwood Photography, Reno NV Wedding Photographer
"When you are interviewing photographers, make sure to find out if the images that are being shown to you were actually made by the photographer that
will be shooting your wedding. In some instances, a studio may have multiple photographers, and you may not be getting the same style of work that is being
shown to you."
- Jason of Blue Mountain Photo Works,
Fountain Inn SC Wedding Photographer
"Find the photographer whose
images you find yourself in, whose art moves you on an emotional level. The photographs are the lasting tangible reminder of your wedding day and than can
become works of art for your walls and within coffee table albums."
- Jennifer of Jennifer Bowen Photography, Scottsdale AZ Wedding Photographer
"Make sure to have a
photographer shows you an entire wedding! You could see a showcase of all of the best photos, but how many quality photos can be produced in one wedding??
Also, make sure that the photographer has a pose list outlining all the desired photos. Finally, make sure there is a contract!"
- Randy of Randy Lee Photography, Lake Stevens WA Wedding Photographer
"Make sure you really enjoy your photographer. That one person[your photographer] is going to be spending one of the most important days of your life
with you. Talent is important. Being a people person is highly important and should be a huge consideration when deciding who is right for you. After all,
having fun with your photographer will elicit some of those amazing moments!"
- Stacy of The Art Bouquet, Clayton, NC Wedding Photographer
"Of all of the people that you are hiring to make your day special, your photographer is the one that you will interact with the most before and after your wedding as well as on the wedding day itself. It is important that not only that you connect with your photographer personally and that you find them easy to communicate with, but that he or she understands your vision of that day and can document that vision in a way that you will appreciate for years to come. Finding the right photographer for you should be a careful process and can be viewed as an investment for the future. After the day is over and the cake has been eaten, only your cherished photographs will be what remain. Take your time and ask lots of questions. Your photographer will be happy to address any concerns that you may have."
- Virginia of Moment By Moment Photography.com, Senoia GA Wedding Photographer
"When choosing a photographer, think about what it is that you want to see when you look at your photos 20 years from now. Do you want that picture of when the photographer told you to stand in front of the fountain and look at each other? Or do you want that photo of the look in your eyes, the first time you saw your new partner for life, on the biggest day of your lives. A photojournalistic style is meant to capture those special moments, and a more traditional style is meant to take more formal shots through out the day."
- Gino of Gino Siller Photography, Longmont CO Wedding Photographer