This is what I really think about wedding photography.
100% of wedding photographers take photos at weddings!!
It's a fact folks!
Now I have your attention, sorry for the grabbing alarmist headline, we can have a little chit chat about wedding photography, do's, don'ts and everything in between.
I'm Kirk, see the title at the top of the page, I'm based in Stamford on the Lincolnshire/Cambridgeshire border I am a wedding photographer specialising in documentary style wedding photography for amazing couples like you.
First thing is first, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Whether you pick me or not, I hope you have a great wedding and get to enjoy a long and loving life together.
I know wedding photography is very subjective and you should always go with what you like over anything else, if you don't quite like the photography and don't think that you will sit there and think WOW in years to come then you should look elsewhere, don't settle for less, this is your one big day and you deserve to have something that you love.
This is where it gets a little tricky, as a professional photographer I look at photos in a different way, I dissect every little detail such as the exposure, the depth of field, the composition and so on and look deeply into these things to judge work but at the same time, even I can admire a shot that lacks the technical merit but packs the wow-factor and that really is all you need.
One couple said it best when they were talking about their opinions on wedding photography, they said:
“I know we have to have all of the group shots and formal shots, but really, all we really want are those 2 or 3 photos that we are happy to put on our wall and look back on in ten years”
I love that thought, the fact that we are shooting in digital and not film now means we can afford to take a thousand shots at a wedding and have the luxury of choosing the best of the best. It also means that we can take chances with our captures, it means we don't have to ask you to stand in big groups because we only have two rolls of film with us, we can get up close and attempt photography that could either be that beautifully intimate moment or a close up shot of your nostrils. We can afford to take risks now and not could we, we should!
That being said, I always advise even the most ardent of anti posed clan to consider a few shots, granny has fallen out over far less and there is no excuse for you to walk away with any regrets from your day, we as professionals are there to work our selves to the bone to give you something memorable and whether you have a clear plan for us to work to or you make it all up as you go along it doesn't matter, we charge the prices we charge and that means we do what you want us to do, again, your day your way.
But something that is just as important as everything above is that you get along with your photographer. You can love their style but if they are pushy or forceful then you have to think what will my reaction to them be on the special day? A good rapport makes for good shots and you don't have any excuse to be anything less than overjoyed. I have known people who have come to me because the last person that they have spoken to was overbearing and regimented and they couldn't imagine having that encroach onto their special day. If you like relaxed, happy and flexible then we should probably have a chat.
Thanks for stopping by and reading and I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on it, if you like the cut o' my jib then head over to the contact page and give me a message. If you want to see whether I can put my money where my mouth is, take a look at my gallery and if you want to spread the good word you can head over to my facebook page and give me a like and a share or you can use the social media icons at the bottom of the page.