What You Need to See in Portfolios

Portfolios of wedding photographers are the most important thing to be taken into consideration whether or not we should hire them. It’s not just about how we like to see those pictures. From their portfolios, we can figure out the style and how our photographer is going to work with us.

There are a lot of things to learn from their portfolios and even if that is the ‘real’ skill of our photographer. It will help you judge if they will be capable to do, for example, natural wedding photography as they said they could.

Style of photography

First, the portfolio is the best place to prove the photographer’s style of photography. Many photographers claim that they have a reportage or fine art style. It’s often a method to attract the attention of clients as it has a ‘cool’ ring to it.

This is a chance to find out about the photographer and see if he’s really taking pictures based on how he explained. Not all photography style can be executed well and even if they think they did, we still need to be able to decide and judge ourselves. Ask your photographer for an album of their other work which is a better way to judge their skills.

Be careful of an expert’s bias. We tend to trust in someone who seems like he has a good knowledge of something but is unable to discern if everything he said was true because he’s our referent. Finding out ourselves about these things is a way to avoid such biases.

Expressions of the people

What about the expressions of the people who are caught in the pictures? This is an important thing that has to be paid attention, too. Although there are people who were not comfortable in front of the camera, most of the time it’s the photographer’s job to figure out how to direct the clients.

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The best way to do this is to also ask the photographer’s past work album. Most of the photographer’s pictures should be able to show the expressions of the people who are caught. If the photographer can escape several pictures with awkward pictures and show them through their portfolios.

Candid vs. Formal

Between candid and formal pictures, look at the ratio. Which one is the forte of the photographer? More than what he said about it, the portfolio can become the prove of it. Most photographers cannot lie about it. There are some who said that they do well only with non-formal pictures and they proved with showing a lot of candid and impromptu moments.

Others do well with posed and love to find spots and location in the wedding venue to have some pictures taken. Depending on your preference, whether you like natural wedding photography or formal posed pictures, you can decide for yourself which one is better.

Learning to look at portfolios help us to understand that photographers sometimes cannot describe themselves well, but their pictures already contain a very strong style. It’s the best reference we can use if we want to know if our photographer has the same style that fits our preference.

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Four Natural Wedding Photography Tips That Could Get You an Award

natural wedding photographyThe wedding bells are ringing yet again, it is summer and more people are exchanging wedding vows, the days of taking photographs in studios don’t seem to be as popular as they used to be. Couples certainly want someone who would definitely capture the moments second by second with a touch of nature and with enhancing aesthetic features included. Therefore if you are considering going into Natural wedding photography, it is imperative that you take note of the following key points that will help you capture the best moments as they happen

Look out for the almost kissing moment

The bride and groom are certainly free to kiss as much as possible before or after the photo shoot, but that singular moment when they are about kissing is as priceless as it is romantic. It is the kind of stuff that makes romantic movies top sellers. The almost kiss pose has a way of making the photograph look very much natural. One thing, however, must be noted, and that is the fact that you have to let the couple get on with their kissing when you have gotten your desired image.

Distract their focus

If you are looking for a way to create a natural look for your work, you might want to consider redirecting the focus of the bride and groom to something else. You can achieve this by asking the couple to look away for a couple of moments and then look at you slowly to create a look of surprise, you can be sure that this image would become a classic that would be referred to for a long time to come.

Please try to compliment someone

This has been proven to be a very effective tool for bringing out the best in people; everyone certainly wants to feel good about them. Therefore, the best way to bring out the smile from the lips of even the meanest looking face is by extending a word or two complementing their dress, their hair, their jacket, just look for something good to talk about them. It is certainly quite difficult not to smile when someone says something good to you. Be smart enough to help the couple relax as this would certainly reflect in your work.

Look out for the walk

Being a natural wedding photography expert requires that you be able to recognise the moments and capture them as they come, thus moments such as asking the couple to take a walk can be quite natural and amazing to behold. Such a walk will help them relax and enter into their natural relaxed and comfortable zone and also helps you maintain just the right distance to get the right image you so desire

Get a spin from the bride

If you really are looking for something natural then you should be able to try out new innovations such as asking the bride to spin her dress around in a rather playful manner. This would certainly help her relax and get you the fun photographs that give your album a diversified look. However, to achieve this, please be sure to reduce the speed of your shutter

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