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Capturing the moment

Choosing the right photographer is crucial when it comes to creating a truly special record of your wedding day. You only get one chance to get your wedding photography perfect, so it is so important to do your research, decide on the style of photography you want and meet with potential photographers face to face before making your decision.

Style guide
There are two distinct – and equally popular – types of wedding photography. The first is the traditional, structured style of wedding photography, which has more of a formal, posed feel. The other is what’s known as a candid or photojournalistic style where the photographer will be privy to all aspects of your wedding, documenting the day as it unfolds.  

Choosing a photographer
If you’re not sure where to start looking, try the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) website and ask your wedding suppliers for suggestions.
Once you’ve settled on a shortlist of people, make some appointments and meet them face to be face. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about their style and experience – being strong and confident is vital if you’re going to get what you want. Check what is included in their wedding package, whether they have insurance, whether they work by themselves or with an assistant, and if these expenses are included in the cost. Also make your decision based on your rapport with the photographer.

Engagement shoots
For many couples, having professional wedding photos taken can be a daunting process. If you’re camera-shy it may be the first time you’ve been centre of attention for photographs, or had to pose with your partner. So, a great way to get comfortable is to have a test run with an engagement shoot. These pre-wedding shoots are also a great way to get to know your photographer and get a feel for the way they work. It’s also a casual, fun way to document the lead up to your big day.

The big day
Once the big day comes around, timing is all-important. Be sure to allocate enough time in the day’s run-down to get the photography done properly – this includes allowing for travel time.
While your photographer should be left relatively free to do his or her work, it’s fine to give a little direction about particularities. Also discuss potential locations with your photographer before the big day.

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