Let’s spend some time talking about something I have a lot of experience with. Before my days as an event planner I tried my hand at wedding photography. Following in my dad’s footsteps, my natural talent and eye made the job an easy one to enjoy. As with everything I do, when I decided to start shooting weddings I jumped in feet first and figured out the rest as I went. After about 2 years of successful shooting I decided to step it up a notch and try putting in a booth at a bridal show to see if I could make photography a full time job. I had a gorgeous display made, had all my prints enlarged and framed. The Chateau Laurier Bridal Show was a huge hit and I came away with 21 weddings that year. Blinded by the success, I had no idea how much shooting that was going to be. From early May to December I worked almost every weekend, shooting sometimes Friday and Saturday.
I loved being such an important part of a bride and groom’s day. Maybe because of my own personal love of photography, I truly believe photographs are one of the most important pieces to your wedding day. When the day is all said and done the only thing you have left are your memories and hopefully if you’ve hired the right photographer, you have photographs that captured those memories perfectly for you.
Because In the Moment is now branching into the wedding industry I have been doing a lot of reading about weddings to catch up on all the latest trends, the do’s and don’ts and any other information that might be helpful to you and I can’t help but get distracted by the photography. By the time I get to the second paragraph I have already scanned the entire article to catch a glimpse of the photographs.
What I love about today’s wedding photography is that it is more of a story then just lining up the wedding party and firing the camera. Photographers are now capturing all the details of your special day, the centerpieces, the intricacies of your bouquet, a stolen special moment between the two of you. Check out these photos in Ottawa Wedding Magazine, this couple is gorgeous and the photographer did a great job of capturing their special day…and we’re only getting to see a few select shots.
Finding the right photographer is not only about loving the photographs they take, you also have to like them, as a person. You will be spending your entire special day with this person and if they are loud, obnoxious, pushy, arrogant, a slob…then I can guarantee that their presence will drive you crazy! The best wedding photographers are discreet, efficient and can put their foot down and take charge when required.
One thing I would really not recommend is asking Uncle John to come and take your pictures for you to save a few dollars. You’re right, he might have a big camera and always shows you the beautiful photographs of his garden when you’re invited over for dinner but Uncle John is not a wedding photographer. Photography is the not the spot to try to scrimp and save. If you need to save money on your wedding so you can have a great photographer but aren’t sure where you can cut costs, contact me, I am the queen at cutting out the useless details that are costing you too much.
Wedding photography is an art. There are lots of famous portrait photographers who really aren’t that great at wedding photography, why would you think Uncle John could get you photographs like this. And you know what, he may have the technical side of photography down pat or maybe his camera can read lighting just right, or maybe he’s really good with Photoshop but if he doesn’t have that romantic eye, an idea of all the important shots to be taken, I can guarantee you’ll be disappointed.
One last little piece of advice for you, coming from a former photographer. If you have hired a photographer and you have also asked your best friend Ana to follow the photographer around and shoot over the photographer’s shoulder you’ve got a couple of issues. First, you are going to annoy the heck out of the photographer. Don’t think for one minute that he/she won’t notice. Second issue, you have hired that specific photographer for a reason, let them do their job. If you don’t trust the photographer to get the shots you want then you’ve hired the wrong photographer and perhaps before your wedding day you should cut your losses and hire someone you do trust. And lastly, if you are so cheap that you would rather just use your friend’s photographs with the photographer’s poses then why did you bother hiring a photographer in the first place? There is a lot of pressure on a wedding photographer, there are no second chances and there is no room for error so disrespecting the work that you have hired them to do will only hurt you in the end because remember, they own the photographs they took on your special day and when Uncle John’s photos or Ana’s photos didn’t turn out quite like you thought they would there is only one person who has your shot and they know you’ll pay anything to get your hands on it.
The photographs of your wedding day are lifelong memories. Don’t be cheap, choose someone you can stand talking to all day long and LOVE their art.
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