Why would you choose to hire us?

October 20, 2013

Claire and John's WeddingClaire and John's WeddingClaire and John's Wedding That seems like a reasonable question and it really should be something you ask everyone you think about hiring for your wedding.

The answer to this really lies with the question:

"What do you want from your wedding photography?"

That's not so easy to answer. The options are overwhelming and the choice often seems to be loaded with consequences. Hopefully what we have written here can make things a bit easyier to digest, and take some of the mystery away from what your choices can mean to you on your wedding day and beyond.

What are the choices?

Photographers want to explain how they are each slightly different to the others and labels help to distinguish between one style and another. Matt and I describe ourselves as documentary wedding photographers, but I'm sure you've heard the term reportage, fashion, fine art, editorial and journalistic to describe differing styles. In my opinion it really comes down to two types of photography:

  1. Portrait wedding photography

  2. Event wedding photography

Few photographers will stand entirely on one side of the fence; most photographers, like us, will have a foot on both sides. It often depends on where each photographer feels most comfortable calling home.

What do each of those types mean to you?

There are very different creative processes for these two types of photography. They will have different impacts on your day and will result in different outcomes in terms of artwork, once the day is over. Both types of photography require talented, inventive and creative people to make them work.

A portrait photographer requires a great deal of control and a reasonable amount of time dedicated to their process. This will often have an impact on your wedding day in the following ways (though not necessarily all)

  • Portraits are often taken away from either your ceremony or your reception venue for reasons of composition and design. Travel, set-up and photography time needs to be factored into your wedding day, if you chose to have your portraits done on the day. Two hours wouldn't be an unreasonable time to spend on your portraits, though it can be more.

  • If you don't want to spend that kind of time away from your guests then you will need to be photographed either before, or after your wedding day.

  • The wedding day itself will sometimes be photographed to create incidental images between your portraits.

The end result will be a set of portraits of you both and the experience of being a model, which will hopefully have been an enjoyable one.

An event photographer works in a far less rigid manner. Their impact on your wedding day should be minimal, leaving you to enjoy your time with your family and friends - and the the food, drink and entertainment that you have paid for. The understanding is that an event photographer will

  • photograph your wedding from a perspective that you were unable to see on the day,

  • make a record of the enjoyment and celebration that took place at your wedding and

  • show the depth and breadth of the connections you had with the people who witnessed your marriage - your family and friends

The outcome of choosing this style is that there is more time for you to spend with your guests but less overall control over how and what is photographed. Most good event photographers will also be good portrait photographers, though when choosing an event based photographer you will be moderating the range of creative portraits to amplify the creativity for documenting the event.

Both styles have their plusses and minuses but the decision comes down to this:

Do you want a set of personalised artworks or a record of family history?

Matt and I aim to produce a record of family history. We creatively document your wedding, accompanied by thoughtful and artistic portraits, to produce something that will be a souvenir for you and future generations. We believe that a wedding is a story to be shared and we are passionate about making that story about you, your guests and those things that made the day special and unique to you. We document the new beginnings of a new family story

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