What is your Photography Style?
When people are interviewing potential Wedding Photographers for their event, many Bridal Publications provide a list of questions. What is your Photography Style is usually on that list. Here is my unfiltered answer.
I really dislike this question. Actually, I hate it. My gut level response to this question (which I never state out loud to a couple) is “Did you look at my website?” Any Wedding Photographer who has been in business for more than five minutes has an online portfolio. It should be pretty evident what their “style” or lack thereof is. There are many Wedding Photographers out there, with a very wide range of “styles.”
Ask your self some questions:
I think a better question would be to ask yourself, what about these Wedding Photos motivates me to contact this photographer? I think you need to think about what YOUR style is. Do you feel a connection to the people in the Wedding Photography Portfolio? Do you feel any emotion when viewing the photos? Can you see yourselves in the Photographer’s pictures? Do the photos you are looking at tell a story? If the answer is yes to these questions, it is a pretty good indication that your style matches the Photographer’s style.
How do you want to remember your Wedding Day?
You should also be asking yourself how you want to remember your Wedding Day. Do you want to spend a lot of time posing for Wedding Photos? Or do you want to do the bare minimum? Do you like the look of formal or informal photos? These are elements of style that again will be pretty evident in a Professional Wedding Photographer’s Portfolio.
Interpersonal Style and Professionalism
One component of Wedding Photography that often is overlooked is Professionalism. I am not talking about the Photography here at all. I am talking about how professionally the Photographer behaves before, during and after the Wedding Day. Do they respond in a timely manner, do they communicate clearly, and how is their follow up? Too often people book a Wedding Photographer only to be disappointed in some pretty basic business skills. A huge part of any business is communicating and managing expectations. If your Wedding Photographer cannot be bothered to answer your email or text in a timely manner–that is a Style as well.
I hope this gives you something to think about when interviewing Wedding Photographers beyond the questions in the Bridal Publications. For more information on hiring a Wedding Photographer you might also like to read Hiring a Wedding Photographer. While you are at it, take a look at our Wedding Photography Portfolio to see if our style compliments yours. After you have done that, use our Contact Form or call us at (518) 584-4237 to discuss your Wedding and how we can best photograph it for you.