When It comes to finding the right Photographer it is important to do your research. There are many wonderful Photographers in France who have their own uniqueness mixed with a specialised style of Photography. This means carefully selecting a photographer with excellent professional skills, artistic style and that is personable. This is extra important whilst choosing your photographer as you will be sharing your most intimate and emotional moments with on your special day.
Before you begin researching photographers, you'll need to first decide what type of photography style you prefer, as that will help determine which kind of photographer you'll want shooting your wedding. Here are some examples of the different styles for you to consider.
Documentary style is not just a series of posed photos, they are of you and your guests enjoying the day with spontaneous pictures of people, decor and the action. With a purely photojournalistic photographer, you'll very rarely see people staring at the camera, these photos capture the moments exactly as they happen and together they tell a story.
If you prefer classic portraits ( remember your parents wedding album), go with a traditional photographer who specialises in portraiture. These are posed shots of the two of you, friends and family in your chosen settings. You can add some artistic flare to portraits by posing for some theme styled shots for example walking through a field hand in hand or a kiss in the vineyards.
Fine Art is similar to documentary photography, but this style gives the photographer a greater artistic license to infuse their particular point of view and style into your photographs. So while the shots reflect reality, it's the photographer's reality. The photos are dramatic and gorgeous, but look as though they were shot on film with a grainier, dreamier, more toned appearance. Usually the object (or couple) is in focus and the background appears to blur.
This style of photography is an offshoot of fine art and is photographs taken outside the box, tilted angles (called “Dutch angles") and unconventional framing. So instead of a straight-on shot of the couple exchanging vows at the altar, the photo might look tilted of the bride having her makeup done and could be shot from an above view, with an emphasis on the eye shadow brush rather than on her face.
Many wedding photographers can do a blend of portraiture and documentary-style shots, and will do a mix of black and white and colour images, but if there's a special style you love, make sure to focus on photographers who specialise in it.
Once you have chosen your preferred style make sure you look for a photographer that can meet your requirements. We would advise that you set up a meeting with about 4 photographers to discuss your needs and to see their work. Ask to see a few full albums to get a feel for their style. From doing this you will also get to know them and see who you connect with on a personal level too.
You would then need to compare prices and packages and see what works for you. Once you have made your decision we would advise you book your chosen photographer in advance to avoid disappointment. Our wedding supplier can booked up 1 to 2 years in advance so its good to be organised.
You should also check what rights you have as most contracts stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all photos taken at the wedding, even the ones of you. In other words, the photographer can use them promotionally (on their website or blog, submit them for publication and even use them in ads). That also means that you can't just post the digital proofs they send you -- most photographers have a policy that you can only share watermarked images or images with their credit on them. Also, unless you negotiate otherwise, if you want to print the images yourselves or order an album from another source, you'll have to buy the rights to the images.
Here at Brides in France we have a wide selection of Top quality photographers to ensure you have the best. Please take a look at our Photographers in Our Big White Book and see what styles they offer.
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