How can you tell the difference between real contractor work and stylisations?
We continue to help couples solve the most common problems in preparing for their wedding. And today we're going to talk about the trend towards stylised projects and workshops, which are sometimes difficult to distinguish from real work.
There's a problem!
The question of choosing the professionals who will create your wedding is a tricky one. You look through hundreds of portfolios, you find something that is so close to your idea of a celebration: perfect and thoughtful decor, a happy couple, harmony of all details, beautiful photographs.
But then, like in a fairy tale, the carriage turns into a pumpkin, and you find out that none of this is quite true, and didn't happen on your wedding day, but was created for inspiration. And how do you know if the contractors can do the same at your wedding? In this article, we'll answer all the possible questions and, most importantly, show examples of real and stylised stories.
There is a solution!
In solving this problem, we'll look at the two types of contractors most commonly working on stylised shoots: photographers and set designers with organisers. It's their work that determines 70% of the entire atmosphere of your day, which is why it's so important to choose them based on real projects, treating stylisations only as an addition to your main portfolio.
How do you tell the difference between truth and staging?
To start with, you need to understand what is a styling or workshop? It is the work of a team, either for inspiration or learning. Such projects allow contractors to add great shots to their portfolios, learn new things and work in interesting environments.
These projects also inspire brides, show them what a wedding décor or a particular colour scheme can be, give them the opportunity to see new locations, subjects and concepts for a wedding or love-story. And that's great!
We believe that such projects are very useful for the development of the industry, the level of contractors and couples' sense of taste. But it's important for the couple to know that the project in question is stylised. After all, it's not always possible to realise what you see in pictures in a real wedding, given the venue, the time of year and the timing of the event.
LEARN TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN WORK FROM REAL WEDDINGS AND STYLISATIONS:
1. stylised projects usually show a perfect picture: they won't have a large number of guests, a traditional dinner. Looking at the photos, imagine if this could have happened at a real wedding?
2. very often in stylised projects, the location is the same: it can be a studio, a manor house or a location in the countryside. Often only one specific area is decorated.
3. most of the time, the couple involved in the shoot will be the models. Chances are, you won't see real kissing in the photos, just a hint of it. Although this is not a strict indicator: after all, even in a real shoot, a couple may not want to kiss on camera. And exchanging rings doesn't indicate that it's a real wedding.
4. If you're looking at a project you've already seen from another photographer, it's probably a master class shoot.
5. If you're interested in a particular professional's work, just ask them which projects are stylised and ask for series from real weddings.