How To Choose a Wedding Photographer

You have set the date and booked the venue, but you still don’t have a fabulous photographer who will capture your big day? These tips will help you choose the right person for the job!

 Look for Photographers Who Specialise in What You Are Looking For

Whether you want artistic imagery, stunning editorial-style photography or beautiful, atmospheric images, make sure you find a wedding photographer that specialises in the type of images you love. Are you looking for top-notch portraits? Narrow down your research focus and search for exceptional portraiture. If you are planning a beach wedding, look for artists who love capturing seaside events. And if you are getting married in a rustic winery, then search for photographers who operate in the area and have breathtaking images of vineyard ceremonies on their website. After your big day, you might also need pregnancy and newborn photography, boudoir images, family portraits or someone to capture important events like christenings and birthdays. This is why you should shortlist experienced and highly skilled photographers who can immortalise all those milestones in your life.

See Their Portfolio

The best way to get to know your wedding photographer is by flicking through their portfolio. Analyse images on their website to make sure they are your cup of tea. Are you happy with the quality of the photos? Do you like the lighting on their photos? Do you like the style? And if you are looking for a specific type of wedding photography, look for fine examples in their portfolio. Do they make fabulous black and white portraits? Are they specialising in photojournalistic wedding photography? Do they have that artsy, whimsical feel you are in love with? Additionally, you can also try to find out if they have already photographed weddings at your venue or chosen location. If they have and if you like their images, you’ll probably love the wedding album they will deliver!

Check Client Reviews and Ask For Recommendations

Find out what other couples said about wedding photographers you have shortlisted. Scroll through their website and social media profiles to find honest reviews. You’ll find more information on their approach, work ethic, relationship with clients and quality of photos. However, a word of mouth is always the best reference, so ask your friends, relatives or trusted wedding vendors to recommend photographers they love or work with. Find out how long they have been in the industry, how they communicate with clients, do they offer value for money and how passionate and dedicated they are.

Author Bio

Alex

Morrison has worked with a range of businesses giving him an in-depth understanding of many different industries including home improvement, financial support and managed IT services. As the owner of Integral Media, he is now utilising his knowledge and experience with his rapidly increasing client portfolio to help them achieve their business goals.

Why I stopped shooting weddings.

 

Hello there!

Before I abuse the power of click-bait, I would like to emphasise that  I now am getting back into Weddings.

Thanks so much for subscribing ma dudes! As soon as you signed up I realised that even though we might have not met or don’t speak much, I do value your opinion, your presence and your thoughts. So after this or every blog, I write I would love to hear about what you think.

So, back into the meaty stuff. Why I stopped photographing weddings for a good 2 years. When I first started my photography career adventure I knew it would be a hard one. Not because Photography itself is hard, but because it’s an over saturated market with a whole bunch of people claiming to be the best. And the fact of the matter is, there are SOOOO many good photographers out there. I told myself ‘well since this is gonna be a hard gig, Mariam you need to put in the hard yards’. Don’t get me wrong, this is a very good thought process, but I also did not know where to draw the line at the beginning. Your success should never ever be at the expense of your own values or dignity.

Something that I learnt kind of the hard way.

To get my name out there I used to do a lot of ‘pro-bono’ TFP (time for prints) collaboration work. I used to provide my time, editing, travelling and snapping all for free in return for exposure. Which, in many circumstances worked very well.

However, I started doing a few gigs that went till late at night.

Fast forward a few months and I started getting some high paying wedding shoots. Weddings can really get you in the feels. Sometimes you’re stressed about getting the right shot at the right time, and then shedding a tear because ‘you hope you get a man that cries when you walk down the aisle’ too.

I love connecting with people from different walks of life and learning more about them. And that’s what I did at this event. However, some men took my nice demeanour and genuine care for flirtation. Or me ‘asking for it’.

After a few events like this, I felt more and more individuals (men) took my bubbly attitude as flirtation and to one extent I was touched in a very demeaning manner. That was the bit where I drew the line and was like ‘hell naaaw’.

As much as no woman should ever be in such a situation, I also believe in being safe than sorry. This was the main reason as to why I temporarily stopped shooting any late night events that involved alcohol. I realised the trend was that people took alcohol as an excuse to behave in a certain way.

After these weird circumstances, I have grown to understand the human mind a little more. I realised that not everyone has pure intentions, even when they say nice and comforting things. This is something I’m sure you can also resonate with. I find so much love and happiness taking photos, making people laugh, getting to know their likes and dislikes and getting back home to pick my favourite snaps to start editing.

So please, no matter, if you’re a man or woman, don’t let anyone take you for granted. We all have something to offer to the world. And it should be on our own terms.

Building a career is important. It’s fun, challenging and sometimes daunting. I had to remind myself that I shouldn’t let these situations define my photographic passion. So now, I remain confident about what I do and how I do it. I cut the BS and get straight into what I need to do.

Bit of a sob story, but I also want you to know that I never say no to opportunities. Let’s stay in touch. I’m excited to share more about what I do.

I’m starting something new.

Hey there!

Due to some thought and requests from many friends and past clients, I have started to change my social media photography persona a little. I want to give you a deeper insight into my life because:

1. I feel like sh*t is always going down and I should have my own reality TV show;

and

2. Because I want to be able to relate to my viewers on a more personal level. And what better way to do it through words and images.

I’ll show you a glimpse of my fashion, my latest hobbies and photographic experiences with clients and brands. I want to guarantee that this stays a success however It will only be that way with plentiful subscribers. Soooo, to make this a set-in-stone project I am offering the first 20 subscribers $50 off their first photo shoot with me. I know, very generous but I love what I do.

Hit the crap out of that subscription button to receive your offer my gems.

With love,

Mariam x