She’s looked through thousands, after
brides picture editor Hannah Lamacraft knows how to spot
a good wedding photograph
First and foremost, decide on what style of photography you’re
looking for. If you love a relaxed reportage style, which is more
about capturing the moment than posed pictures, there is no point
meeting up with a photographer with a formal style and expecting
them to try something different on your wedding day.
Like what you see on a photographer’s website? Request that they
send you an example of a complete wedding that they shot from start
to end. The photographer may be able to shoot a pretty bouquet but
can they capture the trickier shots like the first dance or you
walking down the aisle?
LIGHTING TIPS FOR THE PERFECT SHOTS
Are you getting married in mid-summer or having a Christmas
wedding? Ask for pictures from this time of year. There is real
distinction between photographers who work with natural light for a
soft and pretty feel and those who prefer flash for a more dramatic
edge. If you’re getting married in December, remember the sun isn’t
going to be shining at 5pm so ensure you like their ‘after dark’
shots as much as their blue sky ones.
12-MONTH WEDDING PLANNER
Lenses and tripods aside, ensure you like and can communicate
with your photographer well and feel totally at ease in their
presence. This is especially important for the ‘getting ready
shots’, which will probably be your first (and only?!) experience
of having a professional photographer in the same room as you.