Careful research and careful preparation will lead to stunning photos of your wedding feast. There are important questions which need to be asked when choosing and meeting with the photographer. Chances are you’ll look at your wedding pictures several times over your lifetime and finding a good North East Wedding Photographer is one of your most important choices.
PRE-PLANNING-Find out if your church or synagogue has any restrictions on photographing the ceremony itself before you meet with the photographer. Prepare a list of shots to “must have.” A list of the members of the wedding party and out of town guests should be given to the photographer. While preparing the shots of the ceremony make sure that your photographer knows the rules and regulations of your church or synagogue.
PORTFOLIO-Make sure you hire a photographer who specializes in weddings when interviewing photographers. Make sure that the photographer you interview is the one who will actually be taking pictures of your wedding. Many major companies have many photographers so you need to recruit the one you’re interviewing. Ask for a look at their job. Most are happy to provide references, and it is very important to ask the photographer for the recent weddings.
Be sure to ask if the photographer was prompt, cordial, dressed appropriately and whether he/she performed the duties required when reviewing the references. When selecting a photographer, personal connection is very significant. Interviewing at least three distinct photographers is recommended. Comfort and reliability with your photographer will make your wedding day and your pictures, or ruin them.
FORMAL PORTRAITS – Before the wedding day, many brides took the bridal portrait. Others set aside the groom ‘s tradition of not seeing the bride before the wedding and not having his formal pictures taken at this time. Couples whose ceremony and reception are held at the same location have often taken these pictures before their guests arrive. If your posed photos take place at the reception desk, agree on a date with your photographer and make sure that everyone at the wedding party knows where and when to meet.
Traditionally, a photograph of marriage, generally in black and white, was only of the bride, but today it is generally of the couple involved. These pictures are sent to local newspapers, along with information that announces your public engagement. Decide if you want those images to have a casual setting or formal context. To save on studio expenses, you can wait for your formal portrait until the day of your wedding, avoiding the trouble of getting your gown, headpiece and accessories into the picture studio.
CANDID PHOTOS-In wedding photography today, the trend is to have fewer posed shots and more candid pictures. It is important to get an idea of how many candid shots the photographer will take, and how much time he will spend taking these pictures at the reception. As stated earlier, it is also a great idea to provide the guests at the reception with single-use cameras for those photographs.