Let's Make Beautiful Images Together!
Heya; it's a new blog entry! Yahoo! This is an adaptation from an email I sent to some folks from the Rocky Mountain Bridal Show
I wanted to take a moment to offer you a thought about wedding photography - this is about "style!"
In the past, someone wrote an article saying that it is good to ask your potential wedding photographer about their style. It's a good question, although I'm not sure that folks know what kind of answer they should expect to get to that question.
Style is how an artist sees and interprets their world. Style should be about influences and experiences from the past; as well as the needs and story of who (or what) they are working with. In wedding photography, this translates to someone who who has an artistic vision and can translate that vision of you to the digital canvas. You can read and see more about my style here:
Sometimes, style gets mixed up with tactics - for very good reason. As master photographers have pioneered wedding photography with a distinct and named style (e.g., Dennis Reggie and Photojournalism) those words have been used by other photographers to describe both style and tactics. I often get potential clients asking me if I can shoot their wedding in photojournalistic or candid or traditional style. Photojournalism, for instance is also a tactic, one that will show up when I'm working with you. Since photojournalism is a detached way of shooting (The true photojournalistic style is one of a detached eye, shoots primarily in black and white and doesn't interact with the subject beyond the camera - ever), I might stay back and let things occur naturally. You won't see me rush in and take charge of something to get an image. This translates into a wedding with no posed shots, and possibly even a photographer who may not interact with you at all!
Most people want to be free to do their thing AND expect some posed shots for those formals, etc. Like other tactics, photojournalism or traditional or documentary "styles" have their appropriate place. If you're booking with me (I would LOVE that by the way) or someone else, ask them (or me!) how they (or I) approach the various phases of YOUR day. Get a sense of HOW they'll work with you during the pre-ceremony candids in contrast to the post ceremony formals or the reception images.
We all have a unique style - us photographers, and we all ALSO use different tactics - be sure to ask about them!
I hope you have a wonderful week.
If you need more information or want to ask ANY question (even if you've booked with someone else!), please feel free to contact me via phone or email I am happy to talk with you!
Trent Norman (AKA the guy with the camera)
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