Thank you for visiting Stacie Hart Photography, I am out of the North Georgia Mountains and… you guessed it, I’m a wedding photographer. I love the Blue Ridge Mountains and I love being a Blue Ridge Mountain Photographer
This is a great time to get everything prepped and ready for a wedding at anytime. You are hot, stuck inside you home or sitting by the pool listening to music. You have time to discuss with you fiancé, mom, sister or friends about the ins and outs of your wedding while enjoying one another. Summer is a great time to get it all together.
In this blog series we will discuss all of the questions and different types of answers for you so that you know and understand when you meet with your photographer or at a meeting with potential photographers.
Here are some style options for you: Traditional, Artistic, Natural Light, and Photojournalistic. You can probably pick out what you like to look at but it’s the photographers answer that you should be wanting to hear.
We will start with Traditional: This does not mean that every image you are smiling and looking at the camera. This means that your photographer will go through the day taking the “traditional” shots. The shoes, dress, mom or bridesmaid putting on your dress. You can pretty much assume that the photographer has a check-list in their head. This doesn’t mean you won’t get those great portraits that you are looking for this just means that you will have a gallery filled with the norm. This isn’t a bad thing and in some ways all photographers (in my opinion) should be somewhat traditional al little.
Artistic: This is where you want to look for the dynamic images that you would put on your wall. Sometimes an artistic photographer might have an off the wall idea or will have you go into a field of flowers, up on a church step, in the street, and it is endless to what the artistic abilities a photographer can do. I recommend asking to see their favorite artistic image and see if that is something you like. Don’t expect every image you have of your wedding day a dynamic image. But if the photographer thinks it’s their best and you like their best then I would say they are a good fit for you.
Natural Light: So you love the venue you’ve selected with the beautiful garden but you selected your venue at 2:00 mid-sun in the afternoon and you still want those beautiful images. A natural light photographer will be your best option. This style of photographer will your best bet. They will be able to move themselves or you to manipulate the light to still get the effect that you are looking for. Many photographers claim to be natural light photographers but if your reception is inside at night be sure they CAN and HAVE a lighting method. I’ve spoke with different brides who were disappointed in their reception because their “natural light photographer didn’t do well inside their reception hall.
Photojournalistic: This is one of my favorites. I have some favorite images from weddings I’ve photographed that are so sweet. Those are the ones where you capture feeling without necessarily looking at the camera. That’s where grandma is crying during the reception, mom having her hand on dad’s knee, a little boy peeking around his mom to view the bride or even someone pinching the grooms rear… yes all of these are the photojournalistic. You might have that a photographer only does the photojournalist work. This will be a good time to see if they also give your the opportunity for posed images if that is what you want They tell the story of a guest or in the “eye of the fly”.
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