I now undertake a maximum of 24 weddings a year. This restriction on numbers is essential, if I am to remain flexible with each wedding couples plans and having time to meet with couples at the venue prior to their wedding day, when we will plan your photography. Then after the wedding, being able to devote the week to preparing your wedding images and building wedding galleries so your friends and family can view and download their images (for free of course!)
Being a wedding photographer requires great tact, sensitivity, organisational and people skills, as well as the obvious creative photographic skills and technical expertise!. Making people 'feel comfortable' in order to 'bring the best out of them' is a real art and an essential skill in order to be a successful wedding photographer.
Many of the wedding couples who I photograph claim to be 'camera shy' This very common sentiment translating as they 'don't feel comfortable in front of the camera' or that they may do not like how they look in photographs or quite simply know that they look their best when in a more natural situation (thats me also!) This is not a problem if you are hiring a professional wedding photographer, who with a lot of experience in group and portrait photography (importantly in a wedding photography context, when time is finite, and guests can feel under pressure, duress and possibly if not handles correctly - 'stress')
A professional photographer will ease this entire process, making it fun. It is a wedding celebration after all and not a trip tot the dentist of a root canal. Alas I hear that many couples have experienced their booked photographer taking over, or vanishing into the wall paper, too nervous or incapable of managing and orchestrating a group of 150 celebrating guests (no easy task i assure you!) Under these circumstances a proficient wedding photographer will effortlessly enable the group shots and portraits, and be capable of producing that 'must have photo' for grand ma's mantlepiece, the family group shot for the parents, a fun photo of the friends and some elegant and beautiful photos of the wedding couple (as well as portraits of the bride that the new husband will cherish and appreciate for many years to come!)
Its vital that your wedding photographer is a person who you feel comfortable sharing your day with! A useful analogy would be a to consider visit to an artists studio for a day long portrait painting, or putting yourself in the hands of a new hairdresser. Trust, belief in their ability, their experience, their portfolio and their manner, sense of humour and friendliness will all add up to how comfortable you will feel (and how you are feeling will be very evident in the artist portrait!) The manner of the photographers approach, their sensitivity and the awareness of the wedding days plans as they unfolds before us is vital. Working the fine balance of non invasive, whilst also respectfully facilitating and guiding the wedding party, friends and family through the 'must have' wedding photograph group shots.
Being professional and able to organise and arrange groups for your photography, as well as capturing the natural, more relaxed reportage are 2 essential components. To me with the experience of 250 wedding couples (that is 500 individuals and up to 2000 parents with their own wishes, demands and hopes) its also obvious! One wouldn't expect to have to choose between either a traditional photographer or a modern contemporary style - you can have both within your wedding day.
There is far more to being a (successful) wedding photographer than mere technical camera skills and a camera bag fill of shinny glass costing as much as a small house. Creativity and people skills are as valuable as technical photographic competence!. Thanks to my 13 years wedding photography experience, I can provide you with all of these skills and the fundamental qualities that you should be seeking and expecting from a competent, qualified, capable and experienced wedding photographer.
I take great pride and care when working as a wedding photographer. I am very proud of the feedback praise and thanks that I receive. My wedding Testimonials page contains extracts from many of the letters, thank-you cards, honeymoon postcards and feedback that as a wedding photographer I have received. It is a sheer privilege to share and to photographs a couples wedding day. A responsibility that I take very seriously and undertake conscientiously!
Dominic Kerridge Professional Wedding Photographer Services In Bath