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Old Oct 27, 2006, 6:00 AM   #1
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Because I'm getting married next year I need t ofind a good photographer for my wedding. So I'm looking for advice from some of you who shoot weddings. How to find a good one? what questions to ask? I haerd somewhere it's better to ask portrait photographer to do that instead of wedding specialist, what do you think of that? Any advice which would make my choice easier would be greatly appreciated.

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Are you sure you wanna take this on Greg? Not the marriage, looking for a shooter. Why not leave it up to the other half?

All kidding aside, Good luck.
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Old Oct 27, 2006, 12:26 PM   #3
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the reason I asked here is because some of you know this from the other side, if I ask on some wedding advice forum I'll just get a lot of ads from actual photographers, not from anyone willing to give advice how to find one.
If I leave it to the other half I may end up with some modern pseudo art which I can't stand.
I know what I want, I need somebody to cove ceremony, reception and formal portraits. but are there some special things i should ask for? this is question for people who know this job from the inside and who know what's involved in it. unfortunatelly I don't have any friends who got married recently who could give me some good contacts so I have to look myself. or if any of you just got married how did you find your photographer? what sort of questions did you ask him/her?

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Old Oct 27, 2006, 12:34 PM   #4
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Hope that someone who can give you some good answers chimes in here.

However, I can tell you one thing - talk to the photographer and evaluate how he sees his role in the ceremony. I had the misfortune to be part of a wedding where the photographer kept interjecting himself into the whole process - posing people and running things, rather than recording what was going on. His pictures might have been what he thought a wedding should look like (probably what sells), but I thought they looked staged and phony, and I found him to be a huge distraction, and in some cases, disruptive. Make sure you and the photographer agree on these things.
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Check with Ira - he does a couple of weddings a year. Pays for his LBA :-)



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Old Oct 27, 2006, 1:03 PM   #6
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Check with Ira - he does a couple of weddings a year. Pays for his LBA :-)



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I think Ira would be doing that for free if his flight is paid for. That is good deal. I will do that for free but nobody want me anyway.

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The difference between having a portrait photographer do wedding pictures instead of a wedding photographer probably comes down to what you want. A portrait pro may want to shoot only in a studio or one suitable location, the result will be an excellent set of portraits but may not include any of the candids that make the results more interesting. A good wedding pro will take advantage of the locations at hand to give the images more context.

Also remember that there are currently a few different schools of thought on wedding photography, most prominent being traditional, photo-journalist and high fashion. The traditional style is the carefully posed portrait style, not very original but timeless since it does not give in to fads. Photo-journalistic tries to document the day, often capturing those fleeting moments candidly to give more meaning to the images, but it may look dated in future. High Fashion goes for artsier images which have a fashion magazine look but again may tend to look dated over time. I feel the best approach is to get the traditional portraits of the bridal party and them try out the other styles on the rest of the event.

Communication is the big issue, I would rather have an "adequate" photographer who will be easier to work with than a tempermental genius who puts the image ahead of the subject. A wedding is stressful enough without a pushy photog. Greg and mtngal have covered the important issues. I have seen people hire a professional videographer and have uncle Wally shoot the stills because he owned a good camera. To me this is ludicrous since an album of still images requires no real effort to pick up and view while watching a video can be a chore (not to mention a bore to others).

Just some thoughts, I havea wedding to shoot tomorrow. I will do mostly traditional poses because they are "safe" but I will shoot lots of aditional frames so that I have a record of the day.

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I asked about portrait and wedding pros because of what I read: wedding pro can get into habit of shooting similar things on each of his job while portrait pro usually concentrates on the model (or people) and tries to show them in best posssible way. i don't know about that, what do you think?

Ira: your advice on trying formal and photojournal is really interesting, I think I'll go for that.

should I ask to see previous work of the photographer I'm talking with including all photos taken, not only the best ones? what about negatives or digital files? do they charge extra for giving them away or should it be included? is it better to do photo album myself or leave it to the pro? how much involvment can I have in all of this?

I know it's a lot I'm asking for but I really want it right, I don't want to end up with a bunch of snaps in lousy photobook.


here are some examples I've found but I don't really like them, unfortunatelly most of what I could find looks similar, too much pseudo art, or silly jumping. I really don't want to end up with something like this:

http://www.kalina-studio.com/gallery...?categoryID=35

other sections of their website isn't that bad but this is really not my cup of tea.

Thanks for all your advices.

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I asked about portrait and wedding pros because of what I read: wedding pro can get into habit of shooting similar things on each of his job while portrait pro usually concentrates on the model (or people) and tries to show them in best posssible way. i don't know about that, what do you think?
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Definitely a point to consider, but as I said you need a mix of portrait and event photography.
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should I ask to see previous work of the photographer I'm talking with including all photos taken, not only the best ones?
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It is not likely you will see ALL of the photographers previous work but you should see a decent sample. I am not a pro but I still have samples here http://aicphotography.tripod.com/weddings.htm
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what about negatives or digital files? do they charge extra for giving them away or should it be included?
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This is a touchy one, many pros make their money selling prints after the wedding therefore they will probably charge extra for the negatives or files. Some now offer a "files only" deal which means they just give you disks of the files and then you are on your own. This is not a common practice except among amateurs, like me, or new photographers trying to break into the business.
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is it better to do photo album myself or leave it to the pro? how much involvment can I have in all of this?

I know it's a lot I'm asking for but I really want it right, I don't want to end up with a bunch of snaps in lousy photobook.
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Start shopping around, there is a great deal of variation so look for someone that gives you the control you want.
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here are some examples I've found but I don't really like them, unfortunatelly most of what I could find looks similar, too much pseudo art, or silly jumping. I really don't want to end up with something like this:

http://www.kalina-studio.com/gallery...?categoryID=35

other sections of their website isn't that bad but this is really not my cup of tea.
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I see what you mean, but the studio work and other wedding images on the site are pretty good, only the reception was a little over the top.

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I think Ira would be doing that for free if his flight is paid for. That is good deal. I will do that for free but nobody want me anyway.

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