Your wedding photos are arguably the most important keepsake from your special day, so the time you invest in selecting the right photographer is a journey that will pay dividends over time. We all know the anxiety that comes with wanting to spend your money wisely and wanting a set of photos at the end of it all that you can honestly say you adore – you don’t want to have regrets about your wedding photos that’s for sure!
So it pays to take the time pouring over beautiful images (ok alright – pinning madly on pinterest because that’s what we all do)…googling local photographers and reading up on what makes a photographer tick. You may start off not really knowing what style of photography you like or really want, so learning what your options are will ultimately help you decide what you actually want.
Choosing who photographs your big day is one of the many style decisions you will make as you plan your wedding, along with the venue, attire, colour palette and so on, as these are all elements that will form the overall story behind your bride & groom style. By the end of your photography research (and once that Pinterest board is overflowing with visual goodness), take time to review your ideas and pay close attention to reoccurring themes, the images that pull at your heart strings and those hero shots that stay with you long after you’ve turned off the screen…these are the ones that you can put your trust and belief in. Suffice to say that once you’re at this point you’ll usually be surprised to discover that your style has managed to find you! All of a sudden you will just feel more confident about what style of photography you truly love.
When you get to this point you’ll be able to begin narrowing down and selecting a few photographers to contact, in order to cultivate that all important personal connection. What reveals itself after this connection is likely to be the icing on the cake in terms of your decision. You see, the relationship between a couple and their photographer is a special one, considering the importance of their role during this momentous time in your life, so you can expect to experience a bit of a ‘this is the one’ moment, just like you will with your dress and venue. When you meet, get to know the person behind the lens by asking them questions about what inspires them, how they’ve developed their own unique style and why they love what they do. You’ll definitely know quite quickly whether you feel that you can confidently invest in the ‘person’ behind the work.
Even if we don’t know it at the beginning, we do all have a style of photography that we are drawn to, more than others. Usually this comes down to a number of factors like; lighting, storytelling and composition among a few others like film vs digital etc. Let’s delve a little bit more into these important elements shall we?
Storytelling is at the heart of a photographer’s work – hence every photographer has developed their own method for telling these stories. It is in the photographs themselves that you find the story and this what gives a set of photographs a particularly strong sense of self and style. You will want to select a photographer who’s storytelling techniques marry your ideas for how you imagine your wedding day will be and how it will feel. If there is something you just love about the way people/venue/details have been captured in photographs, then inadvertently you are connecting with the storytelling in the images you’re looking at!
Lighting plays a key role in the storytelling – you’ll quickly notice a photographer’s lighting style by paying attention to the lighting quality in their work. Ask yourself are the photos; soft and romantic, moody and slightly dark perhaps, or bright and crisp? Usually there will be one lighting style that resonates better with you, over another. One thing to keep in mind – whichever lighting style you prefer, you’ll always get the best possible end results if the venue you choose offers similar lighting characteristics. For instance, if you love the soft and romantic look, then choosing a dark reception venue will not garner you the types of photos that you’ve decided you like. It’s pretty obvious, but an important point to remember!
Composition is a fundamental skill that photographer’s apply to their work and put simply it’s the way that they set up a photograph. This element comes through strongly in the storytelling message also, because even though photographers are capturing moments as they happen, the composition styles of their work will quickly tell you whether they are doing this in an interesting way. A story becomes so much more meaningful when insightful glances are captured from behind another person or object for instance, and when a few elements are caught in the one frame which lines up our eyes to focus on how the main subject is feeling in that moment.
Moving on from these elements – let’s look at the different styles of photography that photographer’s work usually fit into. Bear in mind that more often than not these days, photographers won’t identify with just one of these descriptions below, because there are usually a couple of styling overlaps these days which only proves to make the art of photography more and more interesting as we continue to make such great strides in the technology stakes. Here’s are some fine examples below which also showcase the work of our highly talented mountain-based photographers. Enjoy x