Monday, January 11, 2010

Some Top Tips For Your Wedding Day Photography

By Joel Wong

Wedding photography includes pictures of the couple before the wedding, as well as coverage of the actual wedding event and reception. The two approaches in wedding photography are traditional and photojournalistic. Traditional wedding photography consists of classically posed images. In this approach, there is much interaction with the photographer on the day of the wedding. In the photojournalistic approach, the images recorded are much more subtle with less photographer interaction. These two approaches are the two extremes of photographic styles. Today most photographers will side with one of the two styles.

There are certain things to keep in mind while hiring a photographer to cover your wedding. Every photographer possesses an individual style. There is some research you should do before you decide who you want photographing your wedding. To find the perfect photographer you should start looking well ahead of time. If you are hiring a wedding photojournalist to cover your wedding, it is recommended that you focus more on the creative side than on the business process involved. One shouldn't be concerned about comparing various package details or the number of prints he is going to get. Take care of all the last minute details so your photographer isn't preoccupied with thoughts about payment on your wedding day.

Always remember NOT to give constant direction to the professional you have hired. The biggest pet peeve of wedding photographers is that they are given instructions by the brides, grooms, parents, relatives and everyone on the wedding party. No photographer likes to be directed as to what to shoot and how to do it. The more there's third party interaction, the less creativity in the photography. Sometimes the relatives and friends are so preoccupied in instructing the photographer that they almost miss the entire wedding.

Go for trust on your big day with your photographer is one of the best tips to give. Trust allows natural expression to flow from everyone. After all you want the day to flow with joy and fun so trust is a prerequisite for that to happen.

Most importantly, do not starve your photographer. Your photographer will need to eat, no matter how professional and hardworking they are. He would be the last person you want to starve. Do not give your photographer long lists of things to do. He might not get what you actually hired him to do.

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