What's your style?....

You didn’t realise this was such an issue… the style of photography you want. Not only do you need to find a photographer who’s free on your date, prepared to travel to the location and not way over budget, now you need someone to fulfill your style criteria?!? And you didn’t even realised you had one!!

 

So to reduce that particular tension headache, here’s a brief glossary of terms to get you de-coding in no time…

 

Traditional - The ‘traditional’ photographer will tend to have a very formal approach to the day. Usually working to a long list of ‘must have’ shots, captured at very specific times of the day. The images will be highly posed and the photographer will be very much hands-on constantly at the helm, organisingindividuals into set grouped shots. Although this style may appeal to Great Aunty Jean or Grandpa Joe the resulting images will be stiff & rigid and lacking the excitement and real emotions that are part of today’s wedding ceremonies. It’s safe to say this style has fallen in popularity dramatically in recent years.

 

Contemporary - The photographer will have a much more relaxed approach to the day. A bit like the traditional style, the images will be posed, but with a much more informal approach and sometimes with a degree of spontaneity and fun... Although the resulting images might not look out of place in a fashion magazine, you will be spending a lot of time with your photographer on the day resulting in you missing out a lot of time when you can be catching up on family and friends and actually living your day.

 

Reportage – The most widely asked-for style today… and for good reason. If you’re someone who wants their wedding day to unfold in a relaxed and enjoyable day for all and have natural images that hold the power to stir up emotions around your day for years to come....then this style is likely to be your first port of call.

 

Also known as photojournalistic or documentary style, the photographer will have a more hands-off approach to your big day... working unobtrusively in the background the photographer will capturing real moments as they happen as opposed to creating them. Most reportage style photographers will set aside 15-20 mins to capture a few family group shots and some bride & groom portraits. - this will allow a lot of freedom for the bride & groom to get on and enjoy their big day.

 

One small word of warning… the increase in demand for this buzz word ‘reportage’ has seen many photographers from other styles slap on the term to their websites and promotion… but true reportage is a style you’ll learn to recognise: Honest, relaxed, beautiful… photos that simply make you smile.

About the author.... Clive is a wedding photographer who captures your day as it happens. But these aren’t snapshots, oh no. With years of experience in photojournalism gives him the ability to seek out the images, anticipating them before they occur. He can promise you images that are artistic, beautifully crafted and ones that will hold the power to stir up emotions around your day for years to come.... if this sounds like the type of wedding photography for your big day, head on over to the contact page and get in touch!

5 reasons why you should not book an amateur photographer?

So, you’ve finally decided the time’s right. At first the thought of planning your wedding was nothing but exciting. Now those butterflies of excitement have been replaced by ones of horror – what???? How much????

Why is it, you ask yourself daily, that everything to do with weddings is so darn expensive?! A cake costs hundreds, for one dress you’re talking thousands…

Naturally you want to cut corners, save money where you can. Uncle Bobs’ got a camera, Jamie’s friend Darren’s into photography… surely one of them wouldn’t mind getting the photos, that would save loads on a photographer….

Sorry, and don’t shoot the messenger, but please do think twice… We know Uncle Bob is one helluva guy an’ all, and Darren, he took some half decent holiday snaps this year, but guys this is your wedding!!

Here are 5 reasons to not dump the photographer…

1 Regret – What’s the number one regret of couples after their wedding? Not investing in the main tangible thing that lasts beyond the day itself… the photos. 

2 Experience – When you pay a professional, you’re paying for their experience. Remember Bob and Darren? How many weddings have they shot before? Hmmm, thought so. Weddings are fast- paced, high emotion events, where family comes first and last minute changes are frequent… without the right experience even confident photographers from other genres will struggle. 

3 BIG moments - Not only is there a chance an amateur will mess up and miss some of the crucial moments of the day...that first kiss, your walk down the aisle and the crucial first dance...but what about all those magical off the cuff moments when Aunty Jane let loose on the dance floor, or when baby Edward scoffed the icing from the wedding cake...? A good professional knows the massive meaning of these tiny incidents, and will capture them for you to feast on for years to come.

4 Professionalism – A decent wedding photographer will have the professionalism to truly understand their role on the day; they don’t run the show, nobody wants to hear their jokes, they don’t drink, smoke and always looks smart – fitting seamlessly into the day, quietly and confidently. 

5 Reliability - A professional photographer’s work is their livelihood...not only have they invested thousands of pounds into their business but they must earn a living from it...so each and every wedding they shoot their reputation is at stake. The service they offer must be excellent, from the initial meeting, to delivering the images on time – if not they’re simply not doing their job.

 

Are you looking for a wedding photographer to capture the real moments of your day?…head on over to the contact page and get in touch!

About the author.... Clive is a wedding photographer who captures your day as it happens. But these aren’t snapshots, oh no. With years of experience in photojournalism gives him the ability to seek out the images, anticipating them before they occur. He can promise you images that are artistic, beautifully crafted and ones that will hold the power to stir up emotions around your day for years to come.... if this sounds like the type of wedding photography for your big day, head on over to the contact page and get in touch!

How NOT to choose a photographer...

Eek! It’s so exciting! Ring on finger? Check! Venue booked? Check! 

So, now there’s a small matter of choosing a photographer. How hard can it be, right? Let’s just have a lil’ Google….

Oooo. Not so easy afterall… it’s overwhelming, so many to choose from, so many apparent styles to decide upon, lots of different services, sold in tons of different ways, why oh why can’t it all be more straightforward?! How on earth do you choose your photographer?!

Well, let’s just start with, how not to choose one…

 

“I know a friend with a camera”

That friend of yours with a good camera, whose Facebook page is littered with gorgeous photos of their kids… he’d do it for free!!!

This may seem like a great way to save money....but think again if you really want those natural emotion-provoking images you envision. 

Weddings are a one-off occasion; you don’t get a second chance to capture these all important moments. Not ever.  

By choosing a professional you can relax in the knowledge that they’ll be able to anticipate and be prepared for whatever the day throws at him and will be able to consistently produce great images no matter what.... it’s simply one less thing for you to worry about. 

 

 

“Wow, now that’s a bargain!”

Photographer A is offering twice as many images as photographer B but for less than half the price! 

Be warned…. some budget photographers will offer a ‘shoot & burn’ - when all the images of the day are burned straight on to CD without any editing or post-processing. This can be super cheap - for a reason. You will end up with images where bad lighting is not corrected, distracted elements not removed and images that just lacking that umph in colour & tones. In essence, the detailing that makes them professional.

A good photographer will take the time to edit and bring to life each image individually so you will love them and be proud to hang them on your walls and look back on them in years to come. Having 100’s of images you hate is not a bargain! 

 

“They’ve been recommended by the venue”

Many venues will charge a fee and take a commission from a photographer to have them on their ‘preferred vendor’ list. However this is not always the case...some will happily recommend great photographers because they love their work and have built up a good business relationship with them over the years. Be blunt, ask them straight about the arrangement and hopefully they’ll ‘fess up either way. 

 

“They’ve got a great looking website and I love their images”

Brilliant! This is a great starting point, however it shouldn’t be the only reason you book this photographer. Give them a call and book an appointment to meet them in person… If distance is an issue, arrange a time for an over-the-phone consultation or Skype them. Any photographer hesitant about this should probably be given a wide swerve. 

The photographer you book to shoot your wedding is going to be spending a lot of time around you and your loved ones on one of the most important days of your life.... so not only should you love their images, it’s vital you actually like, trust and get along with them.

 

“He can shoot all styles; modern, traditional, reportage...whatever you want!”

Remember the old saying goes, ‘jack of all trades, master of none”.... ? Exactly. 

Whatever style you prefer, make sure that this is the style that comes across visually in all of the photographers’ work. I highly recommend you see at least a few full weddings from the photographers you like the look of.... a great album should visually have a strong sense of style throughout. 

 

 

Are you looking for a wedding photographer to capture the real moments of your day?…head on over to the contact page and get in touch!

About the author.... Clive is a wedding photographer who captures your day as it happens. But these aren’t snapshots, oh no. With years of experience in photojournalism gives him the ability to seek out the images, anticipating them before they occur. He can promise you images that are artistic, beautifully crafted and ones that will hold the power to stir up emotions around your day for years to come.... if this sounds like the type of wedding photography for your big day, head on over to the contact page and get in touch!