Today we have Margaret from Straylight Photography with some useful tips for choosing and talking to your wedding photographer. She covers two very important topics (in my opinion) – photo editing and filters. Enjoy!
“Hello everyone, Sara has been kind enough to let me do a little guest blog for her while she is away in sunny Cuba. So I thought I would share some insight into wedding photography and what to look for when you are searching for a photographer to capture your special day. Like a friend of mine said recently, “My dress is now in the closet, the cake is long gone and friends and family are scattered across the country, but we can still enjoy reliving the day through our gorgeous photographs.” And that says it all right there. There are the tangibles and the intangibles of the day, photographs are the only true way to document all of your hard work and all of the emotion that goes into a wedding day. This is your time-capsule to show your kids and grandkids for years to come, a piece of your history preserved. No pressure, right?
So some things to consider, the photographs are a collaboration between you, the couple, and your photographer. You should click with them, you should feel comfortable and at ease. Not everyone is the right fit, you just have to look until you find someone that not only makes pictures you love, but also someone you can see yourself sharing one of the most intimate and special times of your life with. One bride I recently met with likened a first meeting to a first date and it’s so true, you have to have chemistry and a strong connection. That is why an engagement shoot is also really important, it puts you at ease and helps you build a relationship and get to know your photographer. It also lets you get comfortable with their style of shooting and it also helps us figure out what your best angles are in advance so we can utilise the precious time on your big day in the most optimal way.
The other thing to consider is the post processing aspect of your wedding photos, or your “retouching”. It’s a slightly more technical aspect of the process, that doesn’t always get talked about. Most photographers have a few different finishing techniques they favour, such as black and white, sepia or a more vintage desaturated look. There are countless photo treatments that are “trending” at the moment, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and push for the types of finishes you like that you see in their portfolio. Again, best to go with someone who creates finished images you love, that way you already know their style is a good fit. As far as retouching; is there a mole on your face or something about your arms you don’t like, or do you just want them to slim you down a bit? It’s best to go with a studio that has a dedicated retoucher or a photographer that is very good at retouching. Ask the important questions, that way you can ensure that you will be satisfied with the end result.
Thanks for reading, I hope this helps. If anyone needs any additional advice feel free to look me up on twitter of via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Straylight Photography is a boutique studio based in Toronto, Canada, that shoots editorial style, luxe wedding photos. Margaret is the creative director of Straylight Studio and heads up their retouching team. She began her career as an editorial makeup artist and then transitioned into photography and post production, where she has been honing her craft for the past 8 years. Her creative and fastidious work quickly earned her jobs with some of NYCʼs top designers and photographers. Her clients include: American Vogue, Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, Erin Fetherston, Bill Blass, Peter Som, Gryphon NYC, Bibhu Mahaptra, 2bRYCH, Style.com, First View and many others.
photo credits: mirror garland, bridal shoes, silver dot cake, silver glitter ribbon package, pearl plates, decorative mirror, both of the stunning black and white pictures are from Straylight Photography.