Relatives, friends, office people are all so well intended to share personal experiences. If you really want a 100% copy of your cousin wedding photos, this article is not for you. As you are choosing a wedding photographer, he is also choosing you.
Advice from wedding blogs are directed to some interesting facts. What gear wedding photographer use, what is he wearing, does he have formal pictures in portfolio and you should see at least 2-3 FULL weddings from him. Well, nothing really practical in here.
I have to say that every wedding photographer I know has proper gear and backup, and you can’t see a difference on his screen portfolio. I have some iphone, gopro and some amateur camera pictures on my website. Can you spot them? Megapixels and drones, small or bigger cameras, really not your concern.
Photography is about storytelling with light and shadows, vision and composition. This should be your focus. Because wedding photography is art and involves both sides and should remain as your visual legacy.
If you see online only 15 or 60 pictures from some wedding, can you imagine the photographer not delivering formals and details? I can’t. The pictures are not posted, because they are so common in the wedding industry. That’s it.
But this is extremely important. Online you can see the important ideas from the wedding day, a true story. Photography is for the mind and soul, is not to reproduce everything you see. It is about the unseen, through the vision and the photographer’s eye.
Every wedding is an experiment, and you have to assume it if you do not want a copy paste with different actors. So comparing past stories have to give you a good idea about the photographer’s abilities to create a unique story for your big day.
Before making a short list, you might read the photographer’s website to know him, his philosophy and the way he sees the world. Put compatibilities in balance before making another step. If the road is not straight, maybe you should stop at the first crossroad.
A little advice at the end. Social media may intoxicate you with pictures without personality and lack of vision. Even you are educated people, you may think this is good and this is the trend | mainstream. As a friend of mine said (and it makes sense), if you work every day with one unpleasant person, you will start to love this person, even his or her character, personality or behaviour sucks big time.