When the vows have been made, the cake has been cut and a happy couple has driven off into the sunset, what remains of a wedding day? Memories certainly, but memories fade and as they do, special moments get lost. That’s why it’s extremely important to make sure that you give plenty of attention to choosing a wedding photographer or film maker when planning your wedding. Some brides, in the on-going battle to create a unique and innovative wedding, have even come up with some other ways to capture their special day.
Choosing the right wedding photographer is difficult, but essential. Photography is becoming an increasingly popular form of art so the likelihood is, you will know someone who professes to have a flair for it. While for some, enlisting the services of a friend or relative could be the perfect, budget-saving solution, perfectionists should think again. There are no second attempts when it comes to wedding photographs so if you are not happy with them once they’ve been developed, it will be incredibly disappointing.
There are many different ways of finding a wedding photographer. These include personal recommendations, online directories, wedding fairs or wedding magazines. Ideally, it is best to meet with a few photographers before you choose one to discuss style preferences and have a thorough look through their portfolios. It is worth remembering that not all photographers can do all styles of photography so if you are looking for a mixture of reportage style and traditional portraits, you might have more of a search on your hands. It is also a good idea to judge a photographer on their personality. A photographer will spend a lot of time at your wedding and will be interacting with your friends and family when emotions are running high so make sure the person you hire is also a people person.
While photographs capture memories and moments, videos immerse you in the atmosphere of the day. This is why more and more couples are choosing to book a wedding videographer as well as a photographer. Hiring someone to film your wedding means that you will be able to share the day with your children or just relive it yourself whenever you want. Furthermore, instead of making a shaky recording of the best man speech on a camera phone, you and your guests can relax and enjoy the day.
It is inevitable that many of your guests will be keen to take photos of your wedding day themselves and some couples actively encourage this by leaving disposable cameras on all the tables. While this has been a popular trend, the quality of disposable film cameras cannot compete with that of digital cameras which most guests intend on bring anyway. For that reason, some couples prefer to leave an email address or URL of a photo-sharing website on the tables and ask their guest to upload pictures they have taken. This means that all the pictures from the day are in one place. Other growing trends include hiring a photo booth which allows guests to strike a pose whenever it takes their fancy. There are various photo booth suppliers and designs available so a booth won’t ever look out of place, even at a vintage themed wedding. If you are planning on having a quirky wedding, you can even leave fancy dress outside it so people can create some unique images.
Overall, it is best to make sure you are completely happy with your wedding photographer or videographer and have no doubts about their capabilities. That way, you can live your special day instead of trying to capture it, knowing that there is someone in the background making a digital keepsake that you will have forever.
Sandra Thompson works for Save The Date, which produces a wedding magazine and hosts wedding fairs. The company also maintains an East Midlands wedding directory, which includes listings for photo booth suppliers, wedding film makers and wedding photographers.