The number of professional wedding photographers is growing every day. Even though the field is technically challenging and unforgiving to mistakes and the uninitiated, its ranks are constantly swelling. With so many choices, finding unique wedding photography is growing more and more difficult as the noise level continues to rise. I have compiled a few tips below to help you locate that special photographer for your wedding day!
Does their work speak to you?
While this may sound a bit corny, your wedding photography will be something you have for not only your lifetime, but that of your children and, hopefully, generations to come. Keep in mind there are many trends in photography, some good and some bad. While something may be really trendy now, think of how you will feel about it in 20 years when making your decision on a photography style. A great example I came across was “shag” carpet in the 70’s. It really was all the rage but, a mere 5-6 years later; it was getting torn out and replaced with something more practical. Being in style is great but, unlike carpet, you can’t replace the wedding photos.
Check out a full wedding
Wedding photographers will, of course, always put their best foot forward on websites and magazines. When looking for unique wedding photography however, you need to really evaluate all the photos from a wedding, not just the greatest hits. While most photographers have a few truly great shots, a truly unique wedding photographer will be able to deliver the same quality of shots throughout the majority of the wedding. If the photographer does not have an entire wedding to show you, then you may want to look further into them before making your decision.
Are they one of many?
This is going to be the biggest challenge when looking for unique wedding photography. There are many, many tools widely available to wedding photographers that allow them to artistically finish off their photography without much knowledge of Photoshop or general post processing. These actions do indeed give wedding photographers a huge tool set to polish their photos – just be sure you like the polish and it fits within your search for truly unique wedding photography.