Wedding photographers. Who to choose.
If you're looking to find the right photographer for your wedding, you must first decide what type of photographer you want. There are many styles weddings can be captured in. These styles include but are not limited to: traditional, candid, photojournalistic, high fashion, posed, BW, color, art and experimental. I like many other photographers shoot photojournalistic, but with a sense of modern fashion.
It should also be kept in mind on what medium you want your wedding shot. Many photographers like myself shoot all our images on professional digital camera gear, but many photographers still use film. I do use film occasionally for some special effects shots, or to be a little artsy, but 99% of the time my photos are captured digitally and than backed up to DVDs ensuring that your photos can never be lost. With film, poor developing or wrong exposures can ruin rolls of film without anyone knowing until long after the wedding. Shooting digitally allows photographers to easily view and manipulate your photos on site. Later in post-production we can fix a lot of things that can't be down with film shot images. If there is a blemish or other unwanted feature in a portrait, it can easily be removed. Digital images can also be placed on-line for viewing, allowing relatives anywhere in the world to log on and view your wedding. Digital files never degrade like film negatives, so your images will always look as bright and fresh and can be re-printed at any time and in any quantity without ever having to damage the file.
You deserve to be happy with the way you look in your images, and happy with the way your photographer will shoot them. So choose a photographer that fits both your style and budget. Stay away from all-in-one packages where you won't meet the photographer or view their individual work. Make sure that you meet your photographer in person or via phone. If you can, meet with hm/her, look over their portfolio of weddings and any other work that they may have shot. Also try to find out what your photographer's background is. Do they just shoot weddings, or are they well versed in a variety of photographic styles and coverage? The more active your photographer is in shooting photos of people and places other than weddings, the more creativity they should be able to bring into your wedding.
- Joseph Prezioso is with Joseph Prezioso in Middleton, MA, and has been a WedPlan Member since Feb 2006.