Looking for a photographer for your big day and not sure where to start or who to go with? Or have you booked your photographer but don't know what to ask him/her to make sure you get the kind of photos you'll always treasure? We asked experienced wedding photographer Tanya Cullen of Bronte Photography to give us an insight into the kind of things couples should look out for and important questions to ask your photographer before your wedding day. Check out her advice below!
The importance of style
Every photographer has a flair, and style of photography they use. So how do you decide which photographer to go with?
The most important thing is to always go with a wedding photographer whose style you love. To make sure that you're happy with your decision, ask to see their albums and look at their previous work. It is also a good idea to look at the kind of layouts, paper and cover they'll use and their overall presentation. This means there'll be no misunderstandings or surprises when you receive your wedding photographs in the posts after your big day.
How to choose the style that suits you
There are many different styles of photography from traditional photography, documentary style and candid photography. So what do these titles actually mean and which one is for you?
Traditional photography is portrait oriented and involves the photographer approaching the wedding party and guests before taking pictures to ask them to "look here" and "smile please". The main focus of traditional photography is on posed portraits and not on candid shots. If you hire a traditional photographer you can expect them to take great group portrait shots but don't expect them to take off the cuff ones also.
Documentary photography, or wedding photojournalism, is a less formal type of photography where the photographer aims to capture the story of your day in more candid, natural style shots. Most documentary photographers will take the bride and groom for some shots on their own and may direct a little to get the best shots, but they will go back to shooting more naturally after this. If you have an extensive list of line up shots you want your photographer to take, this is probably not the style of photography for you, as a documentary photographer's main aim is to capture your day naturally as it unfolds.
Candid photography is very similar to documentary photography in that it aims to capture natural photographs, unposed and in the moment. Like documentary photography, the candid photographer will aim to minimize people's awareness of his/her presence in order to capture genuine expressions, feelings and moments. The only real difference between this and documentary photography is that documentary style aims to tell a story with each picture taken rather than just capturing the moment as in candid photography.
If hiring either a candid or documentary photography, try not to look at the camera at all. While it's a natural response to do so, try to ignore the photographers presence and trust them to capture the special moments of your day as they happen.
Choosing a videographer
Try to hire a videographer with a similar style to your photographer so that they can work together in harmony. If you hire a natural photographer who wants the day to keep flowing, and a traditional videographer who wants to stop the flow to stage shots, they will have to work with you and the bridal party separately all day which will eat into your precious time. Your photographer may be able to recommend a videographer that they work well with but if not, once the two have the same focus for your big day, it will all flow together nicely.
The importance of planning
Whether you go with a traditional or more candid style photographer, it's important to give them a timeline plan of what will happen and the order of events on your big day. Make sure in this plan to include any surprise moments you have for your guests, or for each other! Your photographer will need to know in advance to be on hand and ready to capture these moments as they happen. It is also a good idea to give your photographer a list of your family and their names and how they are related and what line up family shots you would like them to capture.
Important questions to ask your photographer
Bronté is a boutique wedding and lifestyle photography studio located in the heart of Ireland. With a reputation for true custom service and passionate creativity at Bronté Wedding Photography, Tanya Cullen believes that the most important story ever told is yours and she likes to capture each individual couple's personal story through artistic and natural photography. We are delighted to welcome Tanya back as an exhibitor at WedFest 2018. And if you found her advice useful or would learn to learn more from Tanya and her years of experience in wedding photography, why not check out her website at http://brontephotography.blogspot.ie/ , or pop by her stand at WedFest 2018!