Wedding photography includes pictures of the couple before the wedding, as well as coverage of the actual wedding ceremony and reception. The two approaches in bridal photography are traditional and photojournalism. Traditional bridal photography consists of classically posed images. In this approach, there is much interaction with the photographer on the day of the wedding. In the photojournalistic approach, the images recorded are much more subtle with less photographer interaction. These two approaches are the two extremes of photographic styles. Today most photographers will side with one of the two styles.
There are certain things to keep in mind while hiring a photographer to cover your wedding. Every photographer possesses an individual style. It takes some research from your side to decide who you want to photograph your wedding. To find the perfect photographer you should start looking well ahead of time. If you are hiring a wedding photojournalist to cover your wedding, it is recommended that you focus more on the creative side than on the business process involved. One shouldn’t be concerned about comparing various package details or the number of prints he is going to get. Take care of all the last minute details so your photographer isn’t preoccupied with thoughts about payment on your wedding day.
Don’t boss your photographer around all the time. The biggest pet peeve of wedding photographers is that they are given instructions by the brides, grooms, parents, relatives and everyone on the wedding party. No photographer likes to be directed as to what to shoot and how to do it. The photographer will become less creative if there is lots of third party interaction. Sometimes the relatives and friends are so preoccupied in instructing the photographer that they almost miss the entire wedding.
As always, trust is a major factor that affects your relationship with the photographer. You should accept the fact that you can not control everything on the wedding day. That’s another reason why you hired a professional to capture all the beautiful moments of the wedding day.
Most importantly, do not starve your photographer. No matter how professional the photographer is, he needs to eat. He would be the last person you want to starve. And try not to give your photographer a very long list of things to do. He might not get what you actually hired him to do.