Your Wedding Photographs
By Graham Langsworth
Photographing Your Wedding
One of the biggest decisions (among the many) you have to
make concerning your wedding day, will be the photographer.
You want put these precious memories in the hands of
someone you can trust. You will be taking a big risk if
the photographer is no someone you know to be professional
and who will guarantee the results. The official wedding
photos are most likely the best visual record you will have
of this very special day in your life. A beautiful wedding
album that can be displayed in your home and shared with
friends and family who visit throughout the years is not
even outdone by a video of the wedding. Even if it is a
state of the art kind, with animation and vocal.
You should look for certain criteria when you are
interviewing photographers. Find out how much experience
they have with weddings, first of all. Ask to see some
samples of other weddings they have photographed, second.
Make sure thephotographer is able to use creativity and
originality in his studies, besides looking for the quality
of the photos. You will want to look at the pictures of
the ceremony and the reception, group pictures of the
wedding parties and families, as well as individual shots.
You want to see photos that have a natural feel, and that
don't all look posed. But, you will want some portraits as
well. Look around some more, if this work doesn't please
The wedding album of shots that have been set up by the
photographer should have a mix, such as group shots of the
wedding party, the families of the bride and groom or the
newlyweds alone. Don't just concern yourself with the kind
of photograph. A good photograph will reflect the full
range of human emotions and you want to see love, humor,
pride etc., on the faces of the people who are sharing your
wedding with you. Part of your wedding album should not
show stiff, serious, emotionless faces. You want this
keepsake to be special, but it would be a shallow record of
such and exciting day, if none of the faces showed emotion.
So, make sure you find a photographer who can capture the
emotions of all of the people in your wedding.
Meet directly with the photographer who is going to be
photographing your wedding and speak with him or her
directly. Make it a point! Do not make the assumption that
the person at the studio who's showing you the samples of
their work will be the one who's going to do your wedding.
Meet with your photographer to review any questions,
concerns or to give specific instructions. Since style of
photography can vary, look at the samples of the specific
photographer who will cover your wedding, and discuss
workmanship, type and quality of the photographs, pricing,
special effects, retouching and charges for proofs. All
this should be done before the wedding.
Many studios now offer viewing of the proofs online. If
that is an option that is available, you will be able to
make a lot of decisions regarding your album in the comfort
of your home. Friends and family may also be able to view
online, and add their input. Get the web address of the
photographer to be able to do this.You may need to work out
a payment plan with the photographer, since this whole
project may be very expensive. If ordering online is an
option in addition to viewing online, be sure that the
packages offered, including the prices are clearly defined.
Some studios will also design the album for you as well.
There are few things quite as exciting as a wedding, and
the amount of money that's required to obtain a
photographic history of it can be exorbitant. Although
there's a great deal to do in preparation for that special
day, don't skimp on the time that it takes to ensure a
truly memorable photographic experience that can never be