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Picture Perfect

03 Aug 2011

Picture Perfect

Make sure you get the pictures you want on your wedding day

Your wedding day will no doubt pass in a happy blur, so it’s vital that you can be assured your photographer is capturing all the precious moments Here’s how to make sure you get the pictures you want, to keep forever as a reminder of your wonderful day.

FIND THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER

Start your search for a photographer early because good ones get booked up a long time in advance. Ask your venue and florist for recommendations, or friends who have recently married. Browse through photographers’ websites together, and shortlist several whose style you particularly like. Ask yourself, if these were my wedding photographs, would I love them?

Local wedding fairs are also a great place to source photographers near to you. Don’t be tempted to go with the first photographer you meet. Ideally you should arrange to meet at least two or three before you make your choice (much as you will try on at least two or three wedding gowns before you make your choice).

Make sure you see examples of a photographer’s work and look at the quality of the images. It is also important that you build a rapport with the photographer as they are going to be with you on the big day and you want to feel as relaxed with them as possible.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT STYLE

You need to decide whether you prefer a traditional, formal photographic style or something more relaxed in a reportage style. If you are keen to have beautifully posed photographs, staged in front of the perfect background and clearly showing every guest attending and every key moment of your day, then go for a traditional style of photography. If you prefer a more relaxed style that captures your day but without involving lots of standing around and posing, leaving you free to mingle with your guests, go with a reportage style. This is a more natural style of photography where the focus is on capturing spontaneous moments, with family and friends laughing and enjoying themselves.

Finally, remember to be as clear as you can about what you are looking for. Most wedding photographs don’t just happen, they are staged in some way, so you need to make your photographer aware of what pictures you expect to see in the final album.

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