The first step to finding the perfect photographer, who is going to capture the memories of your special day in a way that suits you, is to do a bit of research on all of the different styles of photography.
There is little point in putting together a list of potential photographers until you have established that they would be able to photograph your day in a way that you want, so here are some styles that you might want to consider:
Classic photography or portraiture
This style of wedding photography revolves around a formal approach with highly posed pictures. With this style, a significant amount of intervention is usually required by the photographer. The shots taken will include the bride and groom, as well as friends and family, in various poses. Considerations for choosing this type include the photographer having to be fairly strict during the day, in order to get everyone where they should be, and whether or not you would feel that the photos capture the spirit of the occasion. However, many modern photographers can put a very creative twist on the classic portraiture style, so this is also something to consider.
This style is all about spontaneous pictures of the people, the place and the activities during your big day, rather than posed ones. The photos are more likely to tell a story as the people in them are very rarely looking directly at the camera, which emphasises the feeling of having captured a special moment as it was happening. There is much less intervention from the photographer with this style, as they usually like to move around in the background, so people are virtually unaware they are there. However, it is possible that you won’t be sure of who or what the photographer will capture until after the event.
If you choose this style, you are giving the photographer the chance to express their own artistic skills and preferences when taking photographs of your wedding day. The photos captured are often very dramatic and beautiful. The amount of intervention from the photographer on the day all depends on their individual tastes, which is something that would need to be discussed in detail with them beforehand.
Many professional wedding photographers can combine the above styles. Whether you are seeking a top wedding photographer in the North West or elsewhere in the UK, you should find someone who can produce photographs using a specific fashion or combination in order to create the perfect shots of your day.