Once you’ve found your venue, the next step in wedding planning is choosing the right wedding photographer for you. Your wedding photographer will play an essential part in how you remember your wedding day. Not only will your wedding photos fill your home with happy memories, they will be heirlooms you pass down to future generations. In essence, they will become a part of your history as a couple. It’s important to discuss with your partner what you’re looking for in a photographer so that you’ll be on the same page before you start to meet wedding photographers. Here are my three best tips on how to choose the right wedding photographer for you.
1. Find Out Whether the Photographer’s Personality Meshes with Yours
From the time you’re getting ready in the morning to the moment you’re giving a champagne toast at your reception, your wedding photographer will be there to document your whole wedding day. You’ll spend much of that day with them standing a few feet away from you, capturing special moments in the lives of you and your loved ones. Choosing a wedding photographer who you genuinely mesh with will make the day more enjoyable. It makes sense that someone you like being around will be more likely to bring out the best in you as a couple. You should ask yourself questions such as: Is the photographer relaxed, organized, professional, and easy to talk to? Will the photographer help alleviate the stress of the day or add to it? You should also read the photographer’s reviews to see how other couples felt about working with them.
For me, getting to know my couples is one of my favourite things about being a wedding photographer. After the initial meeting, often I’ll meet with my new clients again for coffee or dinner to get to know them better. By the time their wedding day rolls around, we’ve exchanged messages back and forth about things like their crazy Uncle Joe, photo locations, and every couple’s Everest: their timeline. When their wedding day arrives, I am aware of more than just their schedule: I know who they are and what moments they’ll value the most. I understand the impact my role has on their day, and I take my responsibility to document these valuable moments seriously.
2. Determine What Kind of Wedding Photography Styles You Like
There are several different wedding photography styles; below are four current trends in wedding photography. You should decide which styles suit you best as a couple, which will then help you narrow down which photographers to talk to. Keep in mind that most photographers will likely shoot a combination of the styles below.
Photographers with a soft, clean, and light aesthetic are associated with this style. Couples who like portrait-style posed photos with bright backdrops will be drawn to this type of wedding photography.
Dark and Moody
As the name states, this style of wedding photography has a bolder, darker feel and is characterized by dramatic lighting and edgy editing.
This style is focuses on candid, imperfect moments with few-to-no-posed photos. Photographers with this style will take a fly-on-the-wall approach to shooting the day, giving less direction to their couples and photographing the day with more wide shots.
Adventure wedding photography is for couples who couldn’t imagine celebrating their nuptials in a traditional fashion and don’t mind getting dirty. Dramatic outdoor backdrops help define this style of wedding photography.
3. Ask About the Wedding Photographer’s Practices
You’ll have some piece of mind if you know that your wedding photographer knows how to deal with a range of situations such as rainy days, dimly lit rooms, or large groups of people. When you meet with photographers, ask them what they would do in these circumstances. You should also ask to see a few of their full-day wedding galleries, since these will allow you to see how they photograph different lighting situations throughout a full day. Other good questions to ask wedding photographers are: How do they save and protect the digital images? How will they provide you with the images and when can you expect to see them?
As for me, on the wedding day, I carry two cameras in case anything happens to one. My cameras and pro lenses are fully insured. After a wedding day shoot, I load all images onto multiple hard drives to ensure that all images are protected and saved. Afterwards, I provide all artistically edited wedding photos in a password-protected online gallery within 8 weeks.
Choosing the right wedding photographer for you is a big decision, so do your research and decide what you’re looking for in a wedding photographer before reaching out to Toronto wedding photographers. Once you’ve made a short list of potential photographers, meet them in person and get a feel for who they are and what their work is like. You’ll want someone with an enjoyable personality to be around and an aesthetic that matches you as a couple. For me, I believe in photographing weddings in a way that genuinely documents how the day looked and felt. I love beautiful landscapes and natural lighting as much as I love capturing candid in-between moments.
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