How to choose Your Wedding Photographer? Tips and recommendations
While planning your wedding on the exotic island like Koh Samui, it's important to understand what your special day schedule might be like. For example, what to expect when you hire a wedding photographer. It's a good idea to get in advance some sense about your interaction during the whole day, and, most importantly, about the result you are going to get.
Of course, every professional photographer develops his own working style and ethics, so I can speak only for myself. I'd suggest that the first step to form a view of it should be going through photographer's portfolio, which represents relatively small number of his selected photographs from different weddings. Based on this, it's easy to sift out the candidates, whose style or quality is not right for you. Here you can find mine wedding portfolio.
2. Wedding Galleries
Since only favourite shots are usually used to form portfolio, it makes sense to spend some time viewing all the photos made during a single wedding from beginning to the end. It's basically what clients, who not are professional photo models, get in result. Sadly, most often in Koh Samui photographer won't bother to provide such an option. However, for this purpose I've prepared a gallery where you can examine several wedding photo sessions of your choice.
In addition, it gives a client a good understanding of the course of the day, its timing, locations used and options available.
3. Shooting process
What your communication with the wedding photographer will be like? Will he be invisible, like a hunter; or wouldn't mind to push away a priest in order to get a nice close up of rings exchange? Will he give orders on how to pose and when to smile, like a commanding officer; or let you do your own thing and simply feverishly click the camera, like a paparazzi? What if you actually need some professional tips and guidance, but certainly not a bossy director at your wedding?
Well, from my experience, different stages of wedding require different approaches in order to make this day more stressless, fun and memorable for the clients, and not vice versa. In my opinion, by combining both “live broadcast”/“spy camera” and staged (fully or partially) shooting we are getting the best of both worlds.
For example, during your "getting ready time" in the morning, before the perfect bride's makeup and hairstyle get touched by the tropical climate (or her beloved and passionate groom) we can do a couple of romantic bridal portraits that might need some direction to convey all the beauty of the moment, it's excitement and anticipation. Also some really funny, elegant and original staged portraits of the groom and his friends might be obtained during this time.
Usually, right after your wedding ceremony, if there's no hurry, you might really enjoy a leisurely stroll while getting some semi-staged and some magazine-cover style pictures. I readily give some advice on posing, etc., if I'm asked to.
I never interfere with the most exciting, unique and solemn events of the wedding (like He is seeing Her for the first time on this day); on the other hand, if you like, I can share some tips in advance, like “when you put a ring on her finger, then do it slowly, — it doesn't only feel and look nice, but also allows me to pick up the best angle without disturbing anyone”. That's why I think it's optimal, when 90% of communication between photographer and his clients is done in advance, in person or at least via texts/video calls.
I hope this post was helpful. Please, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
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