How to choose the best wedding photographer for your day
Recently I was kindly asked to dress two lovely guys at their wedding at The Shard. There I met there photographer, who I could see, by taking a sneaky look over his shoulder, was a very talented man. I emailed him later that week to ask if he could offer some advice to our Grooms and to tell us a little about him. Introducing to you the lovely Emir Hasham www.emirhasham.com
PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR WEDDING COUPLES
1. Choosing your Photographer
– Make sure that you like the style of the photographer before selecting them – Have a look through examples of their work on their website, checking that you can see complete weddings. Everyone has their own approach, so make sure you choose one that matches your own.
– Meet the photographer beforehand – you’ll be spending a lot of time together on your wedding day, so make sure it’s someone you feel comfortable with!
2. Include the photography in your wedding planning
– Like any other service, the more time and planning you give to your wedding photography, the better the photographs will be.
– Think about the locations – if you want to be photographed getting dressed and ready in the morning, what room have you chosen for this? If it’s a small, cluttered room packed with people, it will be harder to get as many good photographs as in a larger, tidier room.
– Build some time into your schedule for photographs to be taken, especially if you want some formal or staged photographs. Consider being ready half an hour before the ceremony so that there’s time for some relaxed shots and allow some time between the ceremony and reception for all the family group shots. Even consider being photographed the day before or the day after the wedding, when you might be more relaxed and won’t have guests that you want to talk to.
– Advise the photographer in advance if there are any particular photographs that you want so that they can plan both the equipment and time for them. A professional photographer will want to use different lenses and lighting techniques for different shots, so preparation is essential. This particularly applies if you are planning any surprises or special events during the wedding – you don’t want your photographer to be hurriedly trying to change lenses and miss all the action because the surprise fireworks have just gone off!
3. Looking great in photographs
Remember, it’s the photographer’s job to make you look your best in the photographs. They will put you at ease and suggest locations and poses that they feel suit you, so trust their judgement. Most people are a little uncomfortable being photographed, but remind yourself that on your wedding day everyone looks happy and well-groomed, so at their very best! Your photographer wants you to love the photographs that they eventually deliver to you, so don’t worry, no one will ever see those photos where you eyes were shut or you didn’t have your biggest smile on show.
– Posing: Generally it’s best to do whatever feels natural to you, but your photographer will help guide you into suitable poses when necessary. Remind yourself that the photographer isn’t simply “taking photos of you” but that together you are creating images that complement and showcase your wedding style. So forget your nerves, trust your photographer’s advice and enjoy the chance to play the supermodel for once!
– Simplicity: The best photographs are simple and uncluttered, with relaxed poses. You don’t need everything and everyone in every image. Again your photographer will advise you and will constantly be on the look out for interesting and suitable locations and backgrounds.
– Look your best: Whilst the photographer will be able to advise you on posing and will use flattering angles and lighting, there’s no substitute for making the effort to look your best. Some possible suggestions might be: Stick to that diet, go to the gym, have a relaxing weekend away before the wedding and get plenty of sleep the night before, get your teeth whitened, choose clothes appropriate for you and smile or smoulder at the camera instead of looking away. In other words, you can help by doing whatever will make you look the way you want to look in your photos.
Emirs approach to your wedding:
“I provide a relaxed and unobtrusive coverage of weddings, very much documenting the laughter and details that might otherwise be missed during a busy day. My style is informal but stylish, and all about telling the story of the day in as candid and respectful way as possible, capturing the valuable memories so that they can be enjoyed in the years to come. My passion is for compelling, graphic images and having previously worked in the television advertising industry I have a wealth of experience in image styling and retouching.
I always arrange to meet with you before the wedding, preferably in person, but alternatively via skype, to discuss your plans, style and needs. That way I can be as unobtrusive on the big day as possible, knowing in advance what you want. On the wedding day, for the most part I will just follow you around capturing you and the people and events around you, but when necessary, I will lead and advise you in order to get the more formal shots and poses or to create those special shots that I may have planned.”
My pricing starts at £1200 for a day’s wedding shoot. (around 10 hours)
(This of course includes several days worth of editing and retouching of the final images after the wedding is over)
I can cover the whole event from the “Getting Dressed and Ready” through Wedding Ceremony, Reception, Dinner and Dancing but am happy to work around your own schedule to provide precisely the coverage that you need.
After editing and retouching you can view and approve the selected images on a private section of my website. I provide all the final selected images (from 200 – 500 depending upon the event) on a usb drive for the couple’s use and also in a stylishly designed online gallery that’s a great way to show the photographs to family and friends.
I can also provide lots of extras like luxury wedding albums, photobooks, mini albums etc and am happy to discuss and quote for these separately.