Happy Wedding Wednesday!
This week we wanted to talk about photography, a very important topic for many couples.
Memories of your wedding day are sometimes fuzzy from all of the love and joy (and let’s be honest, a little stress too!) you are surrounded by. It is so important to have a photographer you trust to capture all of the special moments for you to relive.
We recommend you start your search for a photographer as early as possible. In Southeastern, PA, which is where we do most of our work, we find photographers are being booked for prime wedding season dates ( later in March-early October) between 10-12 months ahead of time. This does not mean you can’t find an amazing photographer closer to your wedding date, it just means you may have to spend more time searching.
To start your search for a photographer, we highly recommend searching sites like Pinterest to see what style of photography you are drawn to. While there is no strict terminology for different styles of Wedding Photography, the more common classifications are Traditional or Classic, Photojournalist, Illustrative Photography, Portraiture, High Fashion, and Natural Light. Check out this article on Here Comes the Bride for more information on what these terms mean and for links to examples. Currently, Natural Light and Photojournalistic approaches to wedding photos are very hot trends. A Natural Light photographer doesn’t use a flash or other means to create light, they rely strictly on natural light to create amazing photos.
Photo From: Deus Photography
A photographer who utilizes a photojournalistic style captures candid moments and doesn’t rely on posing or directing to get shots. One of the finest Photojournalism photographers in the Philadelphia area is Ron Soliman Photojournalism. Check out this amazing shot:
Photo from: Ron Soliman Photojournalism
Once you have found a style you like, we recommend you reach out to your Event Planner to help you narrow down your search. Chances are they will have worked with many photographers and can help point you in the direction of someone who has the style you are looking for that is within your budget. Speaking of budget, the traditional allotment for Photography is around 10%-12% of your total budget. Of course, there is an amazing photographer to be found for every budget, this is strictly a baseline.
If you do not have an Event Planner to guide you in your search, you can use sites like The Knot, Weddingbee, and Wedding Wire to help you search potential photographers portfolios, style, packages, and pricing options. We have also found photographers by contacting The University of the Arts school in Philadelphia and The Art Institute of Philadelphia. The Department Heads at the school can often direct you to students who are very talented. It’s a win-win for everyone. The student gets a great experience, they can often earn credits for school, it is great for their portfolio, and they earn some extra money. It is also great for you because you get a photographer who has a fresh eye and all of the most up-to-date training available. You also get the satisfaction of helping a student start their career, which is pretty amazing. Did we mention this also typically comes at a lesser price too?
Once you have found several photographers you like, the next step is to set up meetings. At the meeting, you should take this time to really interview the person. You want someone you can easily relate to, feel comfortable with, and trust. After all, this person will be responsible for capturing one of the most important days of your life. We recommend you bring a list of questions asking them about their style, portfolio, past experience, what they look for in shots, what is included with their packages, how long they shoot for, and what additional options they offer. Get specifics like rights to the pictures, number of prints, proof book, album options, etc in writing.
It is common for photographers to include an engagement session in their package and we highly recommend you take advantage of it. Not only is it a great way to get some really nice pictures of you and your soon-to-be spouse, but it is an opportunity to get to know the photographer and learn to be comfortable in front of the camera together. Don’t be afraid to ask for specific shots and ask a lot of questions.
This is one of my favorite shots from my engagement session with Life Images, Inc.
We hope this post has been helpful for you. If you are looking for a great photographer, let us know. We would love to help you find the perfect photographer! Contact us today!