“Now join your hands, and with your hands your hearts.” – William Shakespeare
Looking back on 2016, all the weddings that I have attended have been really amazing.
The size of the wedding party has ranged from 24 to 224 and my youngest bride was 20 and my oldest bride was……older.
Feedback from all has been wonderful and they have all been very happy with their photos.
I have a critical eye, so am always striving to do better.
Here are 10 top tips around you and your Wedding Photographer:-
- Wedding Photography Style evolves and improves but remain loyal to one’s wish to deliver images that the bride and groom will cherish forever.
- A good portfolio delivers about 25% staged/posed images and 75% reportage. Don’t worry about the weather, suggestions depending on the light, moment, etc..
- The Photographer needs the ability to be creative and think on one’s feet is a necessity.
- The equipment is not everything, but your Photographer should at least have a duel card camera, so that it internally backs up just in case the main card fails, which does happen.
- A Photographer should be able to create a strong trust with the Bride and Groom. I say “trust me” a lot and when they see the final image it is nearly always a wow moment.
- I would always recommend a pre-wedding shoot, so that we can have fun and get to understand likes & dislikes and to throw around some ideas.
- A second shooter/assistant is preferred. The main Photographer will have plenty to think about, so an extra pair of hands is really helpful.
- A Wedding Photographer would love an unplugged ceremony, where other guests keep their cameras in their pockets and allow a good line of sight for the professional.
- Your Photographer should be a good match, first impressions are very important and they should be a great listener.
- Without wishing to sound controversial, but sometimes guests don’t seem to be enjoying themselves. A good Photographer can use banter and charm to unleash the most natural of smiles.
Here are just a few of my favourites from my 2016 weddings, I hope you like them.