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Wedding Photography: Choosing Your Photographer

The art of wedding photography has changed quite a bit in the past twenty years. It may even mean something different for each couple. In the past, the wedding photographer was the guy who operated the mysterious black box.

Today, your friend’s camera phone are much less expensive than a professional wedding photographer. But the person who does this for a living surely has something more to offer than someone with a camera phone. In fact, professional wedding photographers are far more well-versed in using modern technology to perfectly capture a wedding. This is why wedding photography is its own beast.

However, this new level of complexity puts forward a challenge to professional wedding photographers. They now need to provide couples with the perfect document of their wedding.

There a lot of photography buzzwords you may be familiar with. You may have heard the terms “vintage”, “artistic”, or “editorial” before. Confusingly, some photographers define these terms differently.

It is up to the couple to do their research before deciding who will capture their wedding for them. Wedding photography comes in many different styles.

Firstly, there’s photojournalism photography, otherwise known as documentary or reportage photography. This is when the photographer simply covers and documents the event without directing the couple or the guests. This encourages creativity in capturing the event in the most natural way possible.

Traditional wedding photography is when the photographer lines up the couple, the guests, and the families for traditional photos. This, of course, requires time and patience, as the photographer will need to set everything up for each photo.

Another example would be artistic or fine art wedding photography. This is similar to traditional wedding photography. At its best, this style can capture your wedding in a very romantic and artistic fashion.

There are more styles of wedding photography than just these, but you shouldn’t get hung up on labels. They can be more confusing than helpful if you become too concern with them. They also imply that you can only choose one.

In reality, there’s nothing stopping the wedding photographer from using different styles for each shot. In fact, they will often have to do so in order to get the perfect snap.

Some photographers excel in one style over others, even using it in their marketing strategy. Many others would describe their style as a mix of different genres. You need to look past all the buzzwords; there are a lot of different photographers to choose from. Ultimately, it is their abilities as a photographer that really matters.

Their portfolio should have a good balance of photos from every stage of the wedding. They should have experience and professionalism. They need to be able to adapt to any situation or shooting condition. They need to be dedicated to their art, and capture your wedding as best they can.

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