Wedding group shot photos are an essential part of any wedding. Your wedding may be one of the few times when you have all your friends and family together in one place and possibly the only time you spend a lot of money on hiring a professional photographer.
“Do I need to provide my wedding photographer with a meal?” YES! I have the proof that wedding photographers need to take on the same calories as a Tour de France cyclist or they will faint during the speeches.
When I turned 50 a few years ago, I realised I was in a bit of trouble. The good years had been a bit too good for me and shooting 2 - 3 weddings a week had suddenly become tough. I was over-weight and out of condition. Back to back Summer weddings in the heat, with all the stress and logistical nightmares, had grown so exhausting that I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to continue into my 50’s unless I restricted my workload to one wedding a week. Unfortunately, this just wouldn’t work financially, and so I decided to get back in shape to cope with the workload. I joined the gym and went on a diet. It all went OK for the first six months but as anyone who has ever tried this will tell you - it gets really boring! On the verge of giving up I did what every professional photographer would do and bought a gadget.
Breaking down the process of choosing your photographer into more manageable parts, to ensure you are not overwhelmed
It is your big day so everything has to be flawless, and in order to capture everything perfectly, you need to choose the best photographer for you. On your big day it could be argued that choosing the right photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make. This is because this is the person who will be immortalising all your memories, and you want everything to be captured in the way you have always imagined. But with all the other decisions and problems you have to deal with before your wedding, how do you make the job of choosing your photographer as simple and effective as possible? There are a few simple guidelines to make sure you and your photographer are on the same page…
The venue is booked, the dress is on order, now you need to think about booking your wedding photographer. Considering the cost of this service, you need to make sure the photographer capturing the images of your special day is the right person for you both and has a good understanding of the type of memories you want to achieve.
Your wedding will last one day but you will want to look back at the pictures for a lifetime. Check a website such as Find A Wedding Photographer for great wedding photographers in your region.
1. Do your research carefully, meet potential photographers. There are many great wedding photographers around; the trick is to find the one that suits you. Wedding fairs can give you an opportunity to meet different photographers in person and get a feel for their type of photography, as well as an idea of prices. Some photographers will invite you to come and talk through their portfolio and their style over a cup of tea. This is a good way to work out if you are going feel comfortable on the day with your photographer.
2. Stay traditional.Try and find a photographer with a classic style - you will want to feel happy with the pictures for many years to come. A mix of traditional and more modern angles can work well. Don't be overly impressed with special effects in some modern photography, they can date very quickly. Be wary of photographers that rely on Photoshop or other retouching software; it should just be used to enhance the natural light in the photographs.