A wedding photographer is charged with capturing the most important day of your life and immortalizing it on film. With such a huge responsibility and being that you cannot see your pictures before your big day, it can be one of the most difficult decisions you will make for your destination wedding.
With my own experience as a wedding photographer for the last 9 years and having worked with many brides and grooms, I wanted to put together a “What You Need to Know” guide to help you sort through, narrow down, and finally select that special photographer that you will entrust with capturing your wedding memories.
The most important aspect of your photographer is also the easiest one to evaluate. The style needs to draw you in, speak to you, and make you fall in love. In our profession, we often use words like contemporary, photojournalistic, artistic, traditional, and vintage when referring to styles. In the end, regardless of the description, you simply need to follow your heart when finding the your ideal photographic style.
The best way to judge a photographer’s style is through their website. There, you will find a selection of their favourite shots and get your first glimpse at the photographer’s vision. Portrait sessions require a very different approach than a ceremony or reception, where the photographer cannot stop or control the action. So, it is important that you look through various galleries, including photographs of each stage of a wedding. Too many photos of small details, even if they are good, may reflect a lack of anticipation when action is required.
In order to have a reaistic idea of what you can expect for your wedding, ask to see a single complete wedding session. Bet ter yet, why not ask if it is possible to see a wedding shotat the same venue you have chosen for your own event. A complete shoot will reveal the photographer’s over-all talent and skill level. While not all photos will blow you away, the general level of the photography should be good throughout. If the assistant photographer’s tools or skill level are not adequate, you will also notice that in a full shoot.
Aside from a website, many photographers nowadays also host an online Blog where you will find le selections of photos from each photo session. Often these shoots will even be sorted by location or venue. Ask about a blog and spend time checking the various locations. You may even find some great ideas or suggestions for your own wedding planning.
For my part, you can watch very large selections of my weddings and Trash the Dress on my blog:
Pierre VIOLLE / Photographer
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