Before jumping ahead and booking your photographer, it is wise to sit back and take stock of the various options available to you.
There are many photographers out there for you to choose from, and whilst all may appear the same on the surface, once you delve a little deeper you will begin to see the differences.
Overall, there are three main product variations between photographers which distinguish one from another. Every photographer has their own style, uses differing photographic equipment and shoots on different types of film – in short, not every photographer is the same.
Perhaps you are thinking about the wedding photography for the very first time, or (more likely) you have seen images in magazines, on the internet, in a friend’s collection or at a Wedding Exhibition that caught your eye. So what were they? Were they in full colour? Were they formal, posed shots or more relaxed spur of the moment images?
Have a read of the articles within this part of the site that explain the main options open to you. Then, once you have finished, think again about the images you have seen and liked previously. With these thoughts in your mind, determine which style and film best suits your needs and whether your preference is for digital or traditional imagery.
As photography is an art, and a technological one at that, it can be very easy to get swayed by the sales patter of the first snapper that you speak to. You may just get away with this, but we really do urge you to get a grasp of the basics.
Once you know a little more about the style, the film and the type of camera you want your photographer to use, you should be able to cut down your options to a more manageable number.
Failing that, if you can't be bothered, you can always borrow our camera phone for the weekend and take your chance!
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