Updated: Oct 19
Congratulations to all the newly engaged couples! You've had the most amazing journey of growing together getting to this point, but most importantly you met the love of your life and said 'Yes' to getting engaged! You now find yourself facing one of the most important decisions you'll make when planning your wedding, choosing your perfect wedding day photographer. After all, your wedding pictures will be the most valuable and cherished heirloom to share with future generations. With so many photographers out there, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. But fear not, we've got you covered, we have been working as photographers in the wedding industry for years and have a background in producing events, in fashion and film too. We know it's a tough decision to find the right photographer but we've got some helpful insights to make your choice easier.
Here are 5 considerations to help you find the perfect wedding photographer that will be able to capture your dream wedding.
Tip #1 - Identifying Your Own Style: The Importance of Picking a Photographer Aligned with Your Vision
When it comes down to it, a beautiful captivating photograph is your very own piece of art. Your wedding photos are not just pictures; they are moments frozen in time, moments that represent one of the biggest days of a couples life. Over the years we have seen wedding photography transcend into something more than just a picture, society has become increasingly connected visually with sharing our lives on social media, through online galleries, even through our own wall art and as a result the value of photographs in our lives has become more meaningful. In order to identify the style of photographs you love, you first need to take some time defining your own wedding style, as understanding your vision will help you choose a photographer who can best capture the essence of your special day. Consider the mood and atmosphere you want to create for your wedding. Is it romantic, whimsical, modern, vintage, rustic, or something else entirely? Thinking about the atmosphere and vibe you want to convey through your photos will help you seek out a wedding photographer that shares this style.
Tip #2 - Color Palette: Deciding on a Color Scheme will Help you Communicate Your Style to a Wedding Photographer
Deciding on the color scheme that resonates with your style, will help in choose bridal photographers that have previous experience with these styles. Color choices will influence everything from your attire to your decor, and these elements will play a significant role in your photographs. Choosing a color palette for your wedding is a crucial decision that sets the tone and style for your big day. Being aware of your color palette ahead will help you communicate this to your potential photographers. Start with your personal preferences. What colors resonate with you and your partner? Your wedding should reflect your taste and personalities. A good consideration is, which season are you planning to get married? Different seasons are associated with various color palettes. For example, pastels or soft, romantic colors often work well for spring weddings, while deep, rich colors may be more suitable for a fall wedding. You will find yourself drawn to photographers that have experience shooting your color palette and can show you examples of this.
"You don't take a photograph you make it." – Ansel Adams
Tip #3 - Venue Selection: Your Choice of Venue can Contribute to Selecting a Wedding Photographer
A beach wedding, a countryside barn, an urban loft, or a traditional church all have distinct styles. The venue sets the backdrop for your wedding photos. Absolutely, the choice of your wedding venue plays a significant role in defining the style and atmosphere of your wedding. It also sets the backdrop for your wedding photographs. Beaches offer endless opportunities for beautiful photos, from sunsets over the water to candid shots of couples walking along the shore. The water, sand, and sky create a serene and natural aesthetic. Barn weddings and their surroundings provide a picturesque setting for photographs. The warm, earthy tones and textures of the barn's interior and the scenic countryside offer many options for capturing the rustic charm. Urban loft weddings have a modern and industrial feel. The unique architecture of urban lofts can create an edgy and contemporary aesthetic for your photos. The mix of urban textures and natural light can result in striking and artistic compositions.Traditional church weddings have a classic and timeless feel. Churches provide a rich and elegant backdrop for wedding photos. The ambiance and architecture can create a sense of grandeur and formality in your pictures. Your choice of venue will not only influence the atmosphere and decor but also significantly impact the visual storytelling of your special day through the lens of your photographer. Once you make your choice of location you can find photographers that have experience shooting in the style of venue you have chosen.
Tip #4 - Create an Inspiration Board of Attire and Decor to Discuss your Vision with your Photographer
Create an inspiration board that includes images, colors, and styles that inspire you. You can use photographic platforms online to collect and organize your ideas. Sharing this board with potential photographers will help them understand your vision. The wedding dress, groom's attire, bridesmaids' dresses, and overall decor vision. Share these details with your photographer, as they will play a significant role in the aesthetic of your photos. You can ask your potential photographer if they have shot anything similar in style to images from your inspiration board. Give your photographer the opportunity to show you a few examples that will give you a better idea if you are both aligned in your visual taste.
Tip #5 - Trust your Wedding Photographer's Expertise and Continue to Communicate
A great photographer will listen and offer insights on how to achieve your desired style, trust your photographer. You have seen examples of the photographers work to feel comfortable in taking the leap to put a deposit down and secure your wedding day photographer. They are artists and professionals who know how to make you look and feel your best. Allow them to guide you. Remember, your photographer's goal is to capture your natural beauty and create timeless, stunning images that you will cherish for a lifetime. Arrange a few meetings with your photographer and discuss your expectations. Continue to share your vision and be open with them about what you want captured. With the right photographer by your side, you can rest assured that you will look absolutely radiant on your special day and your album will be a work of art!
By following these tips, you can feel confident that you will be selecting a wedding photographer aligned to your particular style and taste, which is key to creating beautiful lasting photographs that best capture the essence and overall style of your day!
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