Capturing the memories

Choosing your wedding photographer

Careful research and selectiveness regarding the professional skills, artistic style and personal demeanour are key when choosing your wedding photographer. With so many wedding photographers to choose from, it’s helpful to have an idea on the type of wedding photography – documentary, portraiture, or fine art – you want can shorten the initial list.

Choosing your photography style

Documentary

These are candid or spontaneous photos of your guests, the decor, and the happenings throughout the day – otherwise known at reportage photography. With a purely photojournalistic wedding photographer, you’ll very rarely see people staring at the camera – the photos capture the moments exactly as they happened and together they tell a story.

Choosing your wedding photographer by knowing your wedding photography style - documentary style wedding photography

Portraiture

These are posed shots of the two of you, your friends and family in front of various backdrops. That’s not to say there isn’t room for creativity in this category. While some photographers will pose subjects in more traditional spots and in more formal poses, other wedding photographers take portraiture further into the creative realm with a more dramatic composition.

Choosing your wedding photographer by knowing your wedding photography style - portraiture style wedding photography

Fine Art

Similar to documentary wedding photography, this style gives the photographer greater artistic license to infuse their particular point of view and style into your photographs. These photos can be dramatic, gorgeous, grainer, dreamier, more muted. Not all photographers who take a fine art approach will photograph portraits, so if it’s really important to your mum to have posed family shots, look for a wedding photographer who does both.

Choosing your wedding photographer by knowing your wedding photography style - fine art style wedding photography

Do your homework

Start your research by reading reviews from recent brides and browse hundreds of local listings. Start making a short list and carefully review potential wedding photographers’ websites and blogs to check out photos of other weddings they’ve photographed to give you an idea of their style. The design of their website may also give you clues about the photographers’ personalities. Check out their social media pages too for their most up to date work. Wedding fairs are a great place to meet lots of photographers and kill 2 birds – you can review their work as they will have albums on show, plus you can establish quickly if you would be happy for them to be part of your wedding.

Meet the final shortlist

This is not a decision that can be made on looks alone – you must meet your potential wedding photographers in person. Once you’ve found your shortlist from doing your homework, set up meetings with around 3 photographers to look at more of their work and see if your personalities mesh. Be prepared to talk about your venue, your wedding style and what you envision for your photos.

Make sure your personalities mesh

Don’t underestimate the importance of liking your wedding photographer! In order to get the best photos of you, you need to feel at ease with the person behind the camera. Remember, they’ll be shadowing your every move throughout the day, almost from the time you wake up to the end of the party. To get the best photos, your photographer needs to be assertive enough to seek out great moments, cajoling enough to coax relaxed smiles, and natural stances from guests, and calm enough to be positive force.

Get the post production details

It usually takes at least 4 weeks to get all of those photo proofs back from your photographer. Why? Many photographers say they spend an additional 40 hours (or 1 working week!) editing the images from a single wedding. 

Use our Wedding Directory to choose your shortlist of wedding photographers.