Step 2: Style (and finding yours)
Every photographer has a slightly different style, and way of working. To get the images that you want on your wedding day, you need to make sure that your vision for your wedding photographs matches your photographer and their style. Before you can even begin narrowing down photographers based on this, you need to work out what styles you like, and don’t like!
It may sound simple, but it is important to pick a style that will work for you and give you the kind of day you’re looking for. The best way to find your photography style is simply by looking at other wedding photographs. Start by collecting images that you like, and that you don’t.
Pinterest is a fabulous tool for this, and you can save boards based on whether you like the images or not! After a while you’ll start to see a pattern emerging. If your board is full of posed, dramatic, highly edited images then you know that this is the style you need to look for in photographer’s work, however, if your collection is full of ‘natural’ images, you know you need to look for a more documentary style photographer.
The style you choose should also give you an idea of how intrusive your wedding photographer will be. If you’re drawn more towards big artistic images, expect your photographer to play a huge part of your day. To get this style of image they’ll need to spend a significant amount of time with you, posing you and moving around a few different locations until you have the perfect photograph. If, however, you are drawn to the more natural photographs then you can expect your photographer to blend into the background. In order to get a natural image, they need to almost disappear so that people don’t freeze when the camera is held up!
If you’re still unsure about what kind of photography you would like, speak to some photographers. Wedding fayres are a fabulous way to meet a lot of varied photographers (and other suppliers) all in one day. You’ll get a feel for what kind of images draw you in, and it gives you a great opportunity to ask questions about how long it takes to get certain images, and how much editing goes into them.
To find out a photographers preferred style, the quickest way is to go directly to their website. They’ll have a selection of their wedding images to view, mainly taken over by the style that they use most often. This will help you to narrow down your search without leaving your living room!