Find the right photographer to capture your first marital moments.
By Alison Roth
Only two things last post-nuptial: Your love and the photographs that captured it. DLM weddings has the scoop on photography trends and how to choose a photographer with the right skills and style for you.
Begin the interview process with a strong awareness of your photo preferences. “It’s important to communicate with the photographer,” says Chad Chisholm of Custom Creations Photography. “Find out the photographer’s specific style, and never be afraid to ask for examples.” Alison Hathaway of Red Shoes Photography agrees. “If a photographer won’t show you a whole wedding portfolio, that’s a warning sign,” she says. “For example, when you meet with potential photographers, tell them, ‘We’re having a garden wedding under the stars. Can you show us a wedding like that?’ That will give you a better idea of the photographer’s depth and skills.”
Discussing technical details with your photographer is essential. Ask about hidden fees and when you will receive your photos post-wedding. “Make sure all the costs are up front. Some photographers charge for liability insurance and don’t reveal licensing fees, which is a big surprise later on,” says Chisholm.
The first look trend—the bride and groom see each other and take photos before the wedding—is here to stay, as well as variations with other loved ones. “One of my brides did a first look with her dad and brothers,” says Hathaway. And candid shots are the number one request. “A lot of couples don’t want formal photos,” says Chisholm. “But they often do them anyway because the family wants them taken.”
Many photographers are spending additional time with their clients pre-wedding. “I’m seeing more rehearsal dinner coverage,” says Chisholm. “Everyone is relaxed, and you can get shots of loved ones that you might not get on your wedding day.” Another pre-wedding photo opp: Boudoir shoots. Many brides are in great shape before their big day, and they want to tastefully capture that moment.
Weddings are being captured by twice the number of cameras in 2014. Many photographers hire a “second shooter” to capture every moment. “The second shooter can be there to get more creative shots, such as the groom getting ready with his groomsmen,” says Hathaway. Chisholm agrees. “With two perspectives, you can capture both the bride’s face as she walks down the aisle and the groom’s face as he sees her.”
Weddings go by in the blink of an eye for many couples, so photographers and planners are implementing a special moment for brides and grooms. “After the ceremony, I like to direct the couple to a private location in order to give them space to have a moment together,” says Hathaway. “I call this the ‘10 Minute Rule.’ It’s also a great opportunity to get some photos of the couple right after the ceremony.” Allison Farrar of As You Wish, a wedding concierge firm, agrees. “Right after the ceremony, take a minute to enjoy time alone and savor the moment,” she says. It is, after all, once-in-a-lifetime.
Church photo by Custom Creations Photography;Photo by Cara Leonard Photography; Photo with sunflowers by Red Shoes Photography; Photo with parasol by Kristina Lynn Photography & Design;Photo by Elizabeth Ann Photography
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