Post # 1
So, I am having a crazy hard time narrowing down photographers and was wondering what other bees set as their top priorities for choosing a photographer (ASIDE FROM price…because we all, pretty much, need to worry about price!), in the hopes that it will help me clarify my thoughts on wedding photography. Right now, I think I really want a photographer that takes NO posed shots/portraits–I truly want to feel like my wedding album is a document of my day. The good, the bad, the exciting, the mundane. I don’t want every last picture to be of someone smiling broadly/cracking up, because I don’t want to over-romanticize the day. Yes, I want everyone to be happy, but I know that every second of the day wasn’t filled with sheer glee! Reality, please. And I like black and white, but overall I want most of my photos to be in color. And I want someone with a great eye for unusual details. This image, by photographer Emin Kuliyev, is the sort of thing that exemplifies what I want to see in my album, I think. I am not actually much a fan of her work, but I just love this sort of image.
So bees, tell me what YOU are/were looking for in your wedding photographer/wedding photos, and feel free to post any ‘inspiration’ images or photos from your own wedding that you really feel exemplify the feel you wanted.
Post # 3
i wanted gritty not pretty. a very honest interpretation of my day, something that was magazine quality…. but still beautiful
all images courtesy of fola adewole (http://www.folaadewole.com/blog)
Post # 4
Can I just say I’m very excited about this thread? I love wedding photo porn!
For me, I wanted photographs that really capture the emotions of the day–the happiness, the sadness, the annoyances, the funny moments. I also love photographs of the little tender moments between parents or between the bride groom. Also, anything quirky or that really represents the location of the wedding.
Post # 5
I love wedding photo porn too…I hope more people will post! I also really, really love hearing planning brides’ inner thoughts about the aesthetics they’re aiming for…it’s so revealing and interesting imo!
@crebre: the shots you posted remind me a lot of shots from an Anthropologie catalog…like if Anthropologie aims to be mad classy with their new bridal line, I can totally see those shots being in the catalog. Gorgeous!
And hilsy, I hear you on the tender moments between parents or bride and groom. I especially love seeing things between the parents of the bride or groom and their child (the bride or groom him/herself!) I have teared up looking at some! I would love to be that moved by my own wedding photos.
Post # 6
@vegan: omg she’d love to hear that i have to let her know :D…
Post # 7
i wish i was in NYC. you’re exactly the kind of bride i love to work with. i am a conceptual portrait & documentary photog with a fine art backround. and i love getting to work with fun and imaginative people. i wish you all the best in your wedding planning and all that you do!!
Post # 8
It was important to me that our photos be a little edgy. I don’t want our wedding photos to be so bland that you could paste another bride and groom into them. I don’t want “typical”. I wanted them to be art – not just photos of our wedding, therefore we chose a photographer who is a true artist, who has a unique vision based on us as people, and who won’t regurgitate the same canned shots he uses at all weddings. The package things that were important to us were:
An etched metal, flushmount album
2 shooters, full coverage of the day
All images retouched and with a copyright release
Post # 9
My Fiance didn’t want a photographer who woud “take over the wedding” by making us and our family take a bunch of posed shots while guests waited to be fed. I wanted someone whose pictures were bright and had life to them. After hours upon hours of searching the internet, we were able to find someone.
Post # 10
I am a new bride (March 2011) and a professional wedding photographer. Personally, I love the special moments and detail shots that were captured on my wedding day. So much time goes into planning the day and as the bride, you don’t always get to take it all in. I enjoyed seeing the fruits of my labor through the lens of my photographer.
When it comes to photography, I feel true emotion is shown when individuals are comfortable with the photographer or feel like no one is looking. A good photographer should know how to take candids, detail shots and posed shots.
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