With what seems like endless wedding photographer options, finding the right one for you can sometimes be an overwhelming task; however, it’s without doubt a decision you want to get right. Your wedding album will be flicked through by generations to come, so you want your photographs to really tell the story of your wedding day. We caught up with our Weddings Executive David Carlo to gain his expert insight into how to find the wedding photographer of your dreams and capture moments that are yours, in your individual style.
Q: How do we settle on a photographer?
A: “When picking your wedding photographer, look for styles that you like,” says David.
“Jump on to Instagram or Pinterest and make a collage of the photographs you would like to emulate in your wedding day album, this will give you and your photographer alignment on what you expect. Take a look on different photographers’ websites and their portfolio – is this what you envisioned? If so, you’ve found the photographer for you.”
Q: What style should we opt for?
A: “There are many different styles you can opt for. Some couples choose overly romantic sepia tones with close-up candid poses at the heart of their hero shots while others prefer to keep their photographers simple with traditional elegance,” says David. You can consider the below:
- Colour photographs
- Black and white photographs
- Combo of colour and black and white
- Cross-processing or special effects
- Online options for loved ones overseas
- Sepia tones
Q: How should we narrow down our photo list?
A: “Work with your photographer to write a checklist on the exact photos you want and make sure they use this as gospel on the day, to ensure none of your must-have shots get missed. These could include some of the below…”
- Individual ‘getting ready’ shots
- Individual portraits
- Wedding party shots
- Intimate couple-only shots
- Couple with their wedding party
- Family shots (with immediate family and extended)
- Couple with their parents
- Venue interior and exterior
- Groom and grooms party waiting
- Flower girls and pageboys
- Bridesmaids walking down the aisle
- Bride or groom walking down the aisle
- Guests watching the ceremony
- Vows and exchanging of rings
- The kiss
- Signing the register
- Couple walking back up the aisle
- Throwing confetti/rose petals
- Group photo with all the guests
- Couple getting into the car
- Guests mingling
- Couple and wedding party entering the reception
- Wedding table
- Group pictures of each table
- First dance
- Guests dancing
- Cutting the cake
- Candid photos of couple chatting with guests
Q: What should we do if it rains?
A: “You want to capture your special day – rain, hail or shine – so if you’re planning on shooting your photographs outside, make sure you’ve discussed an indoor back-up plan with your photographer. This plan B safe-guards you as the last thing you want to be doing on the day is searching for a dry destination,” he says.
David’s final words of wisdom…
“You’ve put so much effort into planning every detail of your day, make sure you keep your photographer across your plans so that they can capture it all. Let them know exactly what’s important to you. Do you want photos of the ceremony flowers or the personalised table settings at your reception venue? Make sure you’ve briefed your photographer correctly so you can be rest assured that they immortalise every special moment and detail.”