How to narrow down your wedding photography style
With so many wedding photographers out there to choose from, it can be difficult to pin down exactly the right photographer for you. What is even more difficult sometime is defining a photographer’s style. One way to figure out if a photographer’s style is right for you is to not look at the photographs themselves, but rather the subject matter. The people, places, and wedding style in the actual content of the photograph should give you insight to your photographer’s style.
Are the weddings in their portfolio similar to the style of your wedding? Can you see yourself in the people that appear in the photos? For example, if you’re planning a chic, downtown wedding with lots of classic details, but the majority of the weddings that appear in the portfolio have more of a bohemian style, perhaps you should keep looking. Or, if you’re having a rustic, barn wedding, make sure you see plenty of other rustic weddings in your photographer’s portfolio. Recurring emotions are important too! If you and your fiancé are relaxed, laid back people, and everyone in a photographer’s portfolio looks to be having an easy-going time, you’re probably on the right track.
It's also a good idea to take note of the location scenarios in a photographer’s portfolio. Some photographers shoot strictly outdoors, so if any part of your wedding is taking place indoors, you need to make sure your photographer is comfortable and willing to shoot inside. Similarly, many photographers like to use lots of artificial lighting and many don’t. If you don’t like the look of all natural light, make sure your photographer is comfortable with flash.
In the end, there is no right or wrong answer to what style wedding photographer you should hire, as long as they’re a reflection of you!