Choosing Your Wedding Photographer
Over the past twenty years, wedding photography has turned into a whole new art form. Its meaning likely differs between each couple. In days long gone, the wedding photographer was the person couples trusted to record their big day.
Today, your friend’s camera phone are much less expensive than a professional wedding photographer. But a professional wedding photographer must have something more to offer for your big day. In fact, professional wedding photographers have learned to take advantage of all this new technology; using it to enhance their work and perfectly capture your wedding day. This is one of the reasons wedding photography has turned into its own individual art form.
This new level of complexity, however, brought with it a challenge for wedding photographers. They now need to provide couples with the perfect document of their wedding.
There a lot of photography buzzwords you may be familiar with. You may have heard the terms “vintage”, “artistic”, or “editorial” before. Confusingly, some photographers define these terms differently.
It is up to the couple to do their research before deciding who will capture their wedding for them. There are quite a few styles of photography to choose from.
Firstly, there’s reportage photography, also known as documentary or photojournalism photography. This is when the photographer just sits back and documents the event, without interrupting or directing. This allows the photographer to capture the event as naturally as possible.
Traditional wedding photography is where the photographer directs the photos, lining up the couple and the guests. 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 create beautiful and romantic images.
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.
In reality, wedding photographers will be happy to use different styles over the course of the wedding. In fact, they will often have to do so in order to get the perfect snap.
Some photographers specialize in one style, and may even use it as their selling point. Some others use a more mixed style of photography. You won’t be short of options for a photographer, so look beyond the catchy buzzwords. Ultimately, it is how well they can serve you that truly matters.
Their portfolio should show how well they can capture each and every part of the wedding. Experience and professionalism are very important qualities to look out for in a photographer. They need to be able to adapt to any situation or shooting condition. They need to be dedicated to their art, and capture your wedding as best they can.
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