Wedding Photography

Alexandra 's wedding 6.8.10 119Wedding photography has done the rounds – starting with professional wedding photographers hired out by studios, progressing to wedding photographs taken by friends with cameras, to leaving disposable cameras on the reception tables for everyone in the mood to snap away, and finally a return to using professional photographers.

The best way to choose a photographer (of any sort) is word of mouth, followed by a close scrutiny of their work. Ask to look at several complete weddings, rather than a small selection of the best work. You don’t just want one or two great pics!

Make sure the photographer shoots in a style that you like. You may only want conventional wedding photos or you may prefer a combination of traditional with some photo journalistic ” grab photos” to capture the spirit of the wedding. A versatile photographer should be able to adapt to the moment.

A serious professional will want to look at the wedding and reception venues at the time of day that the wedding will be held, to get an idea of the light at the location. If you are having a wedding rehearsal, try to arrange it at the same time of day as the wedding, and the photographer will have an opportunity to see the venue and meet the minister, priest, rabbi, non denominational registry office official or whatever, as well as a chance to meet and greet the main players in the wedding retinue.

Don’t forget the weather! Have a plan B in case it rains. If the photographer has to shoot everything indoors, does the venue have space for the group photos and will the photographer bring additional lighting? Will the photographer have additional equipment in case the camera or flash stop working?

Don’t leave things to chance, think of all eventualities.

Nowadays it’s possible to supply edited and retouched photos on CD and there is usually no additional cost for supplying black and white or sepia copies of some of the photos, as long as they are not printed out. Get an idea of the amount of retouching the photographer intends to do and make sure that it is subtle and acceptable to you.

Make a list of the group photographs you want and number them from the largest group down so that everyone needed is available at the start, and can then return to the rest of the guests once they are done. It makes the photographers job infinitely easier if you get one family member to assist,  as they will know the guests by name and can help to round them up and organize them into the group photos you have specified. Give several people copies of the list.

Set aside at least an hour between the ceremony and the reception for the photos. The more time available the better the photos, but there is always a compromise required between photos and  leave the guests waiting.

Good luck and great memories!

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