Alisha Todd of Alisha and Brook
Photography told us that wedding photojournalism illustrates heartfelt
emotions and quietly documents with little or no intrusion. Often times,
you are not actively aware of the camera. A photojournalist needs finely
tuned skills of anticipation and observation: sensing, feeling, and
seizing those candid moments. The best photojournalists try to work
quietly and discreetly. People act more like themselves when they are
unaware that they are being photographed. A photojournalist captures the
family groups as well because they are an important part of recording
the wedding day. However, this will only be a small percentage of the
day. But any great photographer will have the knowledge of their craft
in lighting, composition and content.
Budgets And Photographs, Do
They Always Clash?
It can't hurt to ask your prospective
photographer if they can customize a wedding photograph package to fit
your budget. Most likely, on a Saturday during wedding
season (Spring through Fall), the answer is probably no. Those are days
that will definitely be filled. However, if your wedding day is a winter
wedding or an unusual day during the week and you are having
a small wedding you might be in luck.
Are Your Negatives Being Held
An important consideration when choosing a wedding photographer should
be whether your negatives are included in your wedding album.
Photographers have their own philosophy about the practice. No matter
what you decide, it's important to store them safely and always get
reprints from a reputable source because not all printers are created
Portrait Shoot Dos and Don'ts
Avoid wearing busy clothes, anything with logos printed on them.
Basically anything that will detract from you, the subject of the
photograph. So probably fluorescent colors are out. If the portrait is
of a couple or family, use good judgment in coordinating the clothing.
Not necessarily matching unless that was the look you were going for. As
for what to do in front of the camera, just relax! It's really matter of
being comfortable. When you do that, you are going to look great.
Ready For Your Close-up?
Try to remember the following tips when the camera lens is
aimed at you:
Don't forget your foundation and concealer.
Direct overhead lighting elongates your nose and casts
Avoid resting your chin or cheek against your hand.
Striking a pose looks unnatural and dated.
Arms held close to your body distorts your physique.
Poor posture is never flattering.
Pressing your legs against a chair will flatten and widen
When smiling, press your tongue against your teeth so gaps are
not as noticeable.
Is Your Photographer Right For
You? Two Key Factors
First, it is important to like that person and to feel at ease with them
since they will be with you on such an important day. Second, you have
to love their work. Before interviewing the photographer check out their
websites and narrow your search before making an appointment to meet in
That way you don't get stuck in a studio spending time with a
photographer whose work you don't like.
Alisha and Brook Photography
3052 Willowbrook Lane
Aptos, CA. 95003
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