Let’s be honest…
Wedding planning can be overwhelming and the options for each decision you make seem endless. Pinterest makes everything look so easy, right?! Breathe. You got this. While scrolling through Pinterest, you are bombarded with photos and ideas for what you want your day to look like. Every one of those photos make it look magical right? And yours will too! With the right choice in design, and with the right photographer, you are sure to be blown away by the results.
So, let’s talk about the best way to pick that person who will give you something besides memories to last your lifetime: your PHOTOS! There are plenty of options out there, so how do you know the right one for you? First, we start with choosing an editing style, a shooting style, and then choose the photographer that is the best fit for you and your love story,
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Each photographer you meet will have a slightly different editing style, so to group them into categories is just to give you a starting point. Once you feel you have a grasp on it, you will have to review each photographers’ portfolios to really understand who fits you best! Don’t be afraid to reach out to the photographer to ask them what they describe their style as! Here are a few examples of styles that are popular right now:
First up, we have the “Natural Edit”. This style is geared towards staying true-to-color in all aspects of the photo. For those of you that are looking for that elegant, rich look in their wedding, this one is for you! This editing will display the bold colors and bring out those highlights and the shadows of the image. This style of editing will generally be neutral to warm in tone and frequently will be as though you are looking at the moment captured with your very own eyes.
Next up, the “Light and Airy” style. This is for the couple that wants to have their photos illuminate with gentle elegance and a whimsical glow about them. With this style you’ll feel, it has all the hopeless romantic feels. The editing has soft tones, which creates the look and feel of the image to be bright and light.
The final and very popular style of editing is known as “Warm and Artistic”, but this can also be known as “Moody.” With this style of editing, the photographer leans towards the warm edits and focuses on the deep colors with lots of gorgeous lighting. They like to bring a lot of rich, beautiful tones into the image and are a great selection for th ose modern romantic brides and grooms!
To Pose or not to Pose?
There are plenty of different styles when it comes to what and how your photographer captures your day, so you need to think about what you want in your photos when you look back on your special day! When it comes to different styles of shooting, you will see the unplanned shots, (you know, those candid shots) with real smiles and dances moves. Or maybe you will see the beautiful shots that look like they came from a storybook, posed and structured to look like it should be in a magazine.
With the candid and artistic shots, you will see the free flowing vibe. The photo was captured without a posed appearance. This is very natural and captures those intimate and precious moments between the couple and also their guests. With the structured and formal photos, you will see the traditional wedding photos. You are set and posed by the photographer to get stunning photos of both the beautiful couple, but also their families and friends.
Don’t worry, you are allowed to have both! When picking your photographer, make sure to ask them and talk to them about photos you would like done and then also letting them know how much freedom you are giving them to capture the special moments!
And the choice is…
At the end of the day, your vision is what needs to be brought to life. So make sure you know what style you are looking for when you are narrowing down those options. Once you know what you’re looking for, the last thing to remember is when you are meeting with the photographers and talking to them about your vision, make sure you guys are a match! You want to be able to be open and honest with them, making sure your personalities align! This ensures your photo sessions are fun and therefore those smiles are genuine, and you enjoy being in front of the camera!
Remember, it’s your day! You want to have precious memories to look back on that perfectly reflect you and your honey.