It’s an intriguing question any prospective bride and groom may ask each other, but certainly one you should consider when making your wedding plans, what do you want from your wedding photographer and how do I book wedding photographers near me who are the right fit for the photographs I want?
In truth most grooms I’ve met aren’t actually that bothered and leave it to the bride to be to sort out the details and have little input to the discussion. Most couples I speak with have relatively simple needs, just a bunch of nice photographs of their day and nothing really too dramatic.
Wedding Photographers Near Me
Finding a wedding photographer near to you and that isn’t always required as most wedding photographers will travel where needed is often the perfect option as most may well have shot at the location you are planning on using, will be local enough to keep good time and be on hand close by for any meetings and discussions you may want to have with them.
Documentary Wedding Photographers
Personally these are the couples I get on best with. As a documentary wedding photographer I’m there to document your day, not to stage manage it or take control of it. It’s your day and as best I can I’d rather stay out of the way and find the photographs I believe tell the story of your day.
My aim is not to get in the way or demand your timeout your wedding day – if I can at all help it I don’t even re-arrange anything that’s going to be in a photograph, other than maybe small details photographed such as jewellery, shoes, the wedding dress and such like. If for instance, during bridal preparation the room we’re in is a bit of a tip, which hey, with everything going on they usually are – I won’t be going round tidying before shooting. It’s all part of your day and when you look back on your wedding photographs you’ll want to remember it is just as it was, not as a photo shoot location.
Formal wedding photographs
However a question worth asking yourself is do I want more formal photographs as every wedding photographer offers something different. If, for instance your day is heavily based on formal photographs which include a lot of group shots and bridal portraits, a documentary wedding photographer may not be a great fit for you.
Likewise if you want a good selection of pretty informal photographs that tell the story of your wedding day a fine art wedding photographer may not be the answer either.
I tell all the couples I speak with 6-8 formal wedding photographs is plenty for me! And invariably it’s enough for them on the day… if a couple were asking for 15 or 20 formal group shots I’d politely pass on their enquiry elsewhere, it’s just not for me as it’s not the style I shoot.
As it is a wedding day flies by and so it’s worth taking a few moments before you book a photographer near you to think about what’s important to you both and shop for your wedding photographer accordingly.
If you would like to find out more about how I photograph a wedding day and to enquire about my availability for your wedding date, I’d love to chat with you more… you can use the contact page to get in touch with me.