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When you meet with your wedding photographer, you will have a lot to talk about. There will be many different moments happening before, during and after the wedding. Wedding photography is part photojournalism and part portraiture. You want your wedding photographer to be prepared for the unexpected. During your interview with them, you want to ask them about their style; their background and their experience.
You want a wedding photographer who watches the people around them. You want wedding photography that comes from being unobtrusive where they catch not only the key wedding moments, but also the moments of deep connection between the bride, the groom, the family members and other guests.
Imagine, standing in the vestibule of the Church while the Bride is waiting with her father for their cue. They aren't saying anything with words, but Dad brushes her cheek with his knuckles, ever so lightly and her eyes shimmer with tears. The corners of her mouth turn up just ever so slightly and her father's face softens as well. That is the shot you want in your wedding photography. Be sure to give your wedding photographer clear details of the wedding location, venue, theme and most of all – what you want to see.
Take the time to talk to your wedding photographer during the interview and during the wedding planning. If it helps, write down what you want your wedding album to look like before you meet with the photographer in order to give them clear directions. Remember, however, that while the wedding photographer is a professional, it's still your wedding.
I totally agree. My wedding went by in a flash so thankfully we had wonderful photographs to capture all the details
It's also helpful to schedule an engagement session. That's when you and your partner have a 30-90 minute session with your wedding photographer. the pictures can then be used for the newspaper, your on-line wedding website, for save the dates, or even custom signature books.