wedding photography & photo booths
Since the photographs and video are the most visual, lasting elements of the wedding, find a professional who exhibits the creative skills and techniques essential to capturing the beauty and joy of your wedding day.
Today, stolen, intimate moments such as a bride in her dressing room are as much a part of the wedding album and video as the shot of the groomsmen, who are just as likely to be cavorting by the cars in the parking lot, being ‘just the guys’ for the camera.
When selecting a photographer and videographer one of the most important things to be aware of is their personality. Does their temperament complement yours? Are they more laid back and calm or do they take charge and command the situation? They will be with you for most of your wedding day and being posed by someone that you are not comfortable around will inevitably end with awkward wedding photos.
Two main questions to ask yourself after the meeting are:
• Do I like this person? Can I see myself spending the whole day with them and enjoying myself?
• Do I like their work as a wedding photo/videographer? How is the lighting? Do they frame their work in a way that is appealing to me?
Experienced photographers and videographers develop their own unique style over time. Ask them about their approach and what makes them different from others in the field. Flexibility and sensitivity should be an important consideration. Since your photographer and videographer will be on a first-name basis with your family, be sure to brief him or her about family dynamics (divorces, separations, or other changes) in order to dispel any potential awkwardness on the wedding day.
Some couples like to chronicle their journey through photographs, starting with a shot of where they got engaged, moving to a favorite place where they love to spend time, the wedding ceremony, reception and some couples have even invited their
photographer along to capture their honeymoon.
Another discussion you will have to have will be about black and white versus color shots. Most photographers will be capable of striking a balance with both; each type can lend an entirely different mood to a photograph. The timeless and romantic quality of black and white may be perfect for the group shot of the combined families on the steps of the church, while the color photographs capture the reason why you chose your flowers or jewelry in the first place—for their gorgeous hues.
Striking a balance between candid, or photojournalistic, and portrait shots is yet another decision to make with your photographer, but it doesn’t mean the process can’t be fun. Think about how you want the story of your wedding to be told. Most couples wisely prefer a combination of the two styles. The posed, more formal shots of the couple and extended family are perfect heirloom pieces, but the candid moment of that loving look the father of the bride gave his daughter on the dance floor is equally priceless. Photojournalist shots can artistically capture the smaller, sometimes forgotten details of the day as well: the delicacy of the bride’s bouquet, the silk embroidery on the attendants’ purses, the fondant blooms cascading down the side of the wedding cake.
Some photographers provide fun extras that can add some variety to the photography experience for the couple and their guests. An alternative to putting disposable cameras on the reception tables is to use a photo booth. Friends and loved ones who may not be in the wedding party can pose in the booth, giving the couple the opportunity to get more candid shots of many more guests. Some may be quite a surprise!