Looking at photographers' portfolios the right way
Many well-known photographers are willing to share their knowledge and for this purpose they arrange master classes or workshops. And we think it's very important that all couples understand: a workshop is a work in a pre-created environment, and it's different from what a photographer expects at a real wedding.
The master class organizer comes up with the concept himself, shows the angles he is used to working with, shares his experience. But you can get your own experience only by working at weddings: when a professional has to have time to photograph so many important moments without rehearsal and not always in comfortable conditions for shooting.
Therefore, if you look at a photographer's portfolio, which consists only of works from stylized shoots, be sure to find out if he or she has experience of working at real weddings. Attending masterclasses is a good indicator that the professional is keen to grow and develop, but you should also see photos from weddings.
WHAT IS THE RIGHT WAY TO LOOK AT A PHOTOGRAPHER'S PORTFOLIO?
1. be sure to ask for series from weddings, don't draw conclusions based only on individual shots from the shoot.
2. Look at the shots the photographer chooses for the portfolio - do you like the way he or she looks at the shoot?
3. Participation in masterclasses suggests creative development - that's good, but don't make your final decision based only on a portfolio of stylings.
EXPERIENCE THAT A PHOTOGRAPHER CAN ONLY GET AT A WEDDING
Finding an approach to completely different couples and guests
Be able to photograph the couple, guests and decor
Work in any weather
- Be aware of the timings of the wedding day
- Be on your feet for the entire 8 hour shoot
- Learning to adjust to the "here and now"
- Know where to stand to take the perfect photo