You have likely not been followed around for an entire day by a photographer and so don’t really know what to expect. Your expectations might be built on family wedding memories – forget all you think you know and really look long and hard to see what’s available. It is a very saturated market ranging in very different styles and abilities. When my wife and I got married, we didn’t look hard enough! Photo’s were OK – I mean, they are memorable, and colourful and in focus… but soon after our wedding we started noticing the wedding photographers we wished we’d had!
Aside from checking out they can take a good snap – my top tip is this – You are with your photographer for a long day – please make sure they are your ‘kinda guy’! It really helps if you are like-minded, and get on with them.The best relationships I’ve observed between couples and photographers are very relaxed, full of fun, chat, and trust. Whenever you are feeling relaxed and having fun, you loosen up, and it shows in your photos.You will open up, your posing will become more natural and vulnerable, a good photographer will really capitalise on that, and capture the true emotions in your day.
There are a few more video specific preferences I have. The truth is, some photographers may have a mindset and style that doesn’t necessarily go hand it hand with my style. Natural light photographers help me out by not having flashes in all my video clips, and photographers who encourage the couple to truly enjoy the intimacy of their pose will help me too – I need at least a few seconds for a decent clip, an all too quick pose-snap-relax again approach doesn’t give me much to record!
Everybody has different priorities of course, but I’d encourage everyone not to scrimp on their photography. Will your cars, your flowers, your cake, your shoes still warm your heart in decades to come like photos and video will?
Please take a look at the following talented photographers who in my view tick all the boxes both not only creatively but relationally. You would love these guys!
Fraser Stewart Photography
"I’m a tall cheeky Scottish lad currently based in Northern Ireland. I love shooting weddings and I genuinely believe I have the best job in the world. My approach to wedding photography is to capture as many happy moments as possible in a natural, relaxed and discreet way. "
"Over the past 7 years, we have witnessed some wonderful occasions. Seasons of joy, times of change and symbols of loving commitment. We have the knack of being able to elegantly capture those moments that leave you scrambling for your camera. We favour a relaxed and personal approach to photography, which helps to take away any stress or nerves."
"We love the excitement, romance, beauty, and unpredictability that every wedding brings with it. Wedding photography allows us to be creative, and that's when we're happiest! For us, Simple Tapestry is about finding and photographing the connection & warmth between people. Celebrating the extraordinary days and the ordinary days in between."
Gather and Tides
"We specialise in creative photography. We like to call it storytelling. We celebrate real people, real emotion and individuality. We take photographs, we tell stories, we love being married! We think there is no better thing than seeing someone follow a dream and pursue what’s in their heart | We make an awesome team"
And all these guys are awesome too!
I’ve also enjoyed working with Chris Copeland, Mark Barton, Jake Samuels, Lifting The Veil, Connor McCullough, Paula O’Hara, Francis Meaney, Peter Thomas, Kat Mervyn, Steven Hanna, Paper Window, Lauren Rutherford, YouThemUs, A Higher Love….
and I look forward to discovering even more of the amazing crop of talent we have here in Northern Ireland!