January 29, 2015 Hollie Deese, For Sumner County Publications, The Tennessean
People put a lot of pressure on themselves to make sure they get the absolute best pictures on their wedding day, and for good reason. After all, it is probably going to be one of the more pricey affairs they’ll ever have on a day they look absolutely incredible. Good photographic documentation is necessary.
Choosing a photographer whose work you love is easy — just look at their portfolio. But finding one who you won’t mind being around for maybe 8-10 hours, shooting intimate moments of the big day from getting dressed to first kiss, is another matter. That’s why meeting in person before booking is key to getting it right.
“Communication with your photographer is the most important part of figuring out what you want and what you can expect,” says Anjeanette Ridner Hoer of Anjeanette Illustration Photography in Hendersonville. “See the photographers portfolio, meet up with ones you like, ask questions, just get to know them.”
With the rise in popularity of candid shots, photographers can get pretty up close and personal with the couple and their guests. This can result in some incredible shots, but the sometimes-aggressive style also can cause some seriously cranky guests. It’s best to know up front what to expect.
“Each photographer will have their own shooting style, so it’s important to find out what will work with your wishes,” says Ridner Hoer. “Weddings are serious affairs as well as the largest parties of your life. Because of the emotional and serious nature of the commitment two people are making before their families, I do feel my job is to be a silent observer. I am there to record your memories and as such should not be in your face or conspicuous.”
She will, however, make herself known when it comes time to wrangle unruly groups together for the necessary posed shots and suggests groups get as many done before the service as possible in order to maximize celebration time.
“I will potentially use my ‘mom’ voice so that your time is handled smoothly and efficiently and you can be on your way to a cake and dancing,” she says.
To give even more time back to brides to celebrate, she is even asking all of her future brides to do wedding portraits before the wedding day once the dress is fitted. “Of course, those will be kept under lock and key and certainly not released until after the wedding,” she says.