Wedding vs Commercial Photographers
There are many disciplines in professional photography. The largest ones are fashion, still-life, interior and architecture, photojournalism and fine art photography. There are more out there of course, but notice that we didn’t list wedding photography?
Wedding photography is it’s own genre and has it’s own aesthetics, expectations and most importantly the subject is also the client. Wedding photography unfortunately also has a low barrier to entry. It’s quite easy for someone to buy a camera with a few lenses, do some online courses or workshops and voila—a new wedding photographer is born.
When I founded the studio it was very important that our studio photographers have a professional photography background outside of weddings. When I founded the studio I made sure our photographers came from different disciplines and to this day continue to do so. Our clients appreciate the outside perspective and love the editorial feel of their wedding photography.
However, there is a flipside to this of course. Some brides hire a fashion photographer to capture their nuptials. Fashion photographers may bring an extra edge to portraits—but will miss the candid moments that make a wedding album so special. These photographers often shoot on sets where the environments are controlled by teams of stylists and assistants. Remember, a wedding is dynamic and things can change at a moment’s notice. It’s important for photographers to be able to quickly adapt to any shooting environment on a wedding day. Our team is trained to know the moments, the angles, the light and the tricks to get the unposed photos in all situations.
The bottom line is this: You can hire a photographer that shoots in other disciplines, but make sure they also know how to photograph weddings. The best way to do this I by asking to see the real weddings they photographed.