SKILLS TO LOOK FOR IN A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Did you know that on your wedding day, you may end up spending more time with your photographer than your family (or even your fiancé 😳)? Wedding photography is unique in that it’s an active part of your wedding day. Unlike other vendors who do most of their work behind the scenes, your photographer will be frequently interacting with the people closest to you.
His or her personality and style will have a big impact on the overall energy and mood of your day. Not only do you deserve beautiful images, you also deserve an amazing photographic experience!
They understand your wedding vision
The best photographer for you totally gets your style and expectations. It helps to find someone who has a similar vibe to what you’re looking for—who understands that you might not want overly posed or traditional photographs, for example, but rather a more candid and natural feel.
They’re supportive and encouraging
It’s almost like they’re part of your bride (or groom) tribe You’ll see pretty quickly that having a photographer who’s part of your support system before, during and after your wedding day makes a world of difference.
They help you create a timeline
Another sign that a photographer wants you to have the best experience is when they work through your timeline with you to figure out the general flow of the day.
HOW TO CONDUCT A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY CONSULTATION
If you are wondering how to successfully conduct a client meeting, I am excited to invite you to learn how I treat each wedding photography consultation, and how you can improve yours as well!
I usually meet my future clients at a local Starbucks. When they arrive, I greet them and ask them what they would like to drink (my treat). I am not usually a coffee drinker, so I am always curious to see what others like and try new flavors each time. After we get our drinks, I usually break the ice by asking them how the wedding planning is going.
ASK ABOUT WEDDING PLANNING
“So, how is wedding planning going?” is usually the first question I ask. People like to talk about themselves, so by asking them this question, I am doing exactly that. I am allowing them to talk about themselves, their wedding, the vendors they’ve booked so far, and just getting them excited about the process. Next, I am looking to see if we share any similarities because I know that the more a bride trusts me, the more likely she’ll book me.
ASK HOW THEY MET AND HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED
“So how long have you known each other, how did you guys meet?” – the bride usually likes to answer this one. This time I am trying to see if I can find similarities outside of the wedding world and connect with them that way as well. Like if the bride mentions a place I’m familiar with, or if their story reminds me of something that is relevant, I make sure to mention it.
TALK ABOUT THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION
After listening to their engagement story, I usually ask something like “Do you have any ideas for your engagement session?” Then I go more in depth about what an engagement session entails
Finding the perfect Wedding Photographer is one of the most important yet difficult things to do when planning your wedding. After booking your Venue, you have to start looking at booking your Wedding Photographer.
Lucky for you, we have listed the best photographers in South Africa in our Directory. You can use the filter option to select the wedding photographers in a specific area or province. We have also added some important information about each photographer in their listing, plus you can view a gallery of their previous work. Once you have decided which photographers you would like to request a quote from, click on the little envelope to send an enquiry
The Ultimate Complete Wedding Photography Gear Guide!
What wedding photography gear and equipment do you need?
At the time that was our wedding photography kit that we loved to pieces and used at each and every wedding. Since then our Nikon wedding photography gear has grown as we’ve added lenses and gear that have enabled us to give our clients a more diverse set of wedding photos.
Today I am going to share with you our current set of gear that we use for weddings and also give you a detailed look into when we use each specific lens or piece of equipment throughout the wedding day giving you my “Ultimate Complete Wedding Photography Gear Guide”. In fact, to make this post as honest, unbiased and as transparent as possible I have specifically only included photos from the same wedding showing exactly which photos were taken with which lens.
See the photo below (taken with cell phone) for our current wedding photography kit. Items that aren’t shown that were packed away in checked luggage were: a LED video light, a Yongnuo YN 560 III speedlight flash, a collapsible nano light stand, and my favorite waist shooting bag, the Think Tank Lens Changer 3.
When to Use What
Despite us having a complete wedding photography gear kit, we use only 3 lenses for about 75% of the entire wedding day and only use the flash gear for 2 segments of the day. Here is a detailed look at when we use each specific piece of gear.
Our power primes – It is no secret that we love shooting our prime lenses, to read why click here. These three lenses account for about 75% of the wedding day with the bulk of the events before the ceremony & portraits being captured with the 50 and the 85.
Nikon 28 1.8G: Primarily used for getting ready shots, group shots with bridal party and also family portraits, some wide shots during the ceremony and open dancing at the reception. When not working a wedding, I find this is a great go-to “walk-around” lens when traveling or casual shooting at parties and what not
I love weddings. Big weddings, small weddings, field weddings, urban weddings…they’re all good. Much like many of my clients, I like to keep things special but largely informal. For me, the best weddings are about good times, unexpected moments and, above all, some truly awful dancing.
I’m a creative documentary wedding photographer who loves a good story. Every couple has their own and it’s pretty cool that so many choose to share theirs with me. Better yet, they ask me to document it for them on the most exciting day of their lives. If I were the kind of person who would use the term “it’s a real honour”, then I would. But I’ll just say it’s awesome and leave it at that
LET THE GOOD TIMES
I try not to “tinker” with your day too much. I won’t ask you to pose or do anything that feels unnatural to you, I’ll just move unobtrusively through among your guests, keeping my eyes open for those moments that really make a wedding: a flower girl hiding under a table, the raucous reactions to the saucy bit of the Best Man’s speech, your new father-in-law cutting a rug on the dancefloor.
I’m very happy to create some beautiful portraits with you, but I always find that the heart and soul of any wedding is in the fleeting moments that nobody sees coming. Those are the moments I try to fill your album with.