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How to Choose An Event Photographer

There are three main types of photography styles:  photojournalism/documentary, traditional/classic and fine art.  Each wedding photographer vendor that you meet with should fall under one of these three categories.

Every bride and groom has a different vision of what they want their pictures to look like, some want traditional photos with staged pictures of bridesmaids and others want more of a candid feel to their photos.  Make sure that you take time  to speak with your fiancé about what kind of photos you want to see, after all, your photos are going to be the only tangible thing that you and your spouse will walk away from your wedding with.

Establish whether you want black and whites, color, or both. Then figure out if candid shots are more your taste than portraits, or vice versa. Maybe you want a mixture of both. This all leads to the style you’ll be looking for.

Below is an easy guide to breaking down wedding photography styles.

Photojournalism/Documentary: typically work in black and white and document the day as it unfolds, to tell a story.

Traditional/Classic: typically work in color and black and white and concentrate on the milestones of the wedding day and setting up portraits (concentrating on things like first dance, cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc).

Fine Art: typically work in black and white. This is more of an artistic approach and produces dramatic photos of a specific style. This type of photographer is good to have in addition to one with style similar to photojurnalism and traditional/classic techniques.

When you look at a photographer’s style, make sure to note how many portrait, table/detail, and candid shots they have in their portfolio, this will help you determine their technique and give you an idea of how they’ve shot previous weddings.

Another big aspect of choosing the photographer is the sticker price. Before panicking at the cost, realize that it’s normal for the photography/videography to be about 10 percent of your wedding budget. But with that being said, ensure that the package that comes with the cost is what you want. Ask questions about whether that includes digital or film proofs, a photo album, and enough time to cover everything you want photographed.

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