Book Your Wedding Issue 15 - Page 40

The importance of your

Wedding Photography

By Jo-ann L Wheeler Photography

So your partner has finally popped the question. Buy a few wedding magazines; consider the kind of ceremony you'd like; go onto the internet to look at placed for your reception. You choose a date; maybe send out 'Save the Date' cards.

You start looking for a dress, not just any old dress; you want the best dress you can afford. You compile a list of who you'd like to be there, then worry about who to include and who to leave off. You already know who'll be your Bridesmaids, Best Man & Ushers. You pick your colour scheme for the day; put yourself on a bit of a diet, maybe plan a facial a week before, your nails the day before & your hair and make-up on the day.

All these things are usually planned with military precision, but what of your Weding Photographer? How much time have you spent looking into the person who will photograph your day, who will do the pictures of the day tht you spent so long planning? Unfortunately, it seems that photographers are sometimes considered almost last minute.

The venue for your reception can sometimes recommend a photographer. If you go to another wedding, watch the photographer - how do they conduct themselves; how do they interact with the guests? If you like what you see, ask for a buisness cards. Ask friends and family who have recently got married awho they used to photograph their day - ask to see the pictures from the day, ask if they were happy with the photographer etc.

Look to meet at least two photographers, maybe three. You need to meet the photographer – what are you going to do if you meet them for the first time on your wedding day and decide, for whatever reason, that you can’t get on with them? It won’t matter how good they are, your dislike of them may be hard to hide and may show in your photos.

When you meet the photographer:

* Ask to see some of their previous work.

* Ask if they shoot RAW (jargon for lots of ‘information’ being in the images the photographer takes) or JPG (less ‘information’ in the images). RAW pictures take up lots of camera memory, but when it comes to processing they generally give a better result that pictures taken in JPGs.