Guide To Wedding Photography In Oakville
Your wedding day is too important to leave in the hands of an amateur wedding photographer
If you’ve just gotten engaged congratulations! We probably don’t have to tell you how big a step this is and we’re sure that you’re excited! One thing that we can tell you, however, is that if you’ve got a date set, you should start making your wedding plans and arrangements right away. There are many (many!) moving parts to a wedding and wedding reception. If you want them all to be in place when the big day finally arrives, the best thing you can do is start planning early.
That goes for selecting and reserving a wedding venue, of course, and picking the place of worship where you’ll hold the ceremony. Hiring a band or DJ + MC to play music is important, for obvious reasons. So is deciding on the type of flowers and decorations you want to make your special day more beautiful. There’s a lot more on your list of things to do, to be sure, but maybe one of the most important is this; finding and hiring a top Oakville photographer.
The truth is, while all of those other people and services come and go on your wedding day, your photographer will be shooting the photos that you’ll take with you for the rest of your married life. That’s a big responsibility and, for you, a big decision. That’s why we’ve put together this guide, How To Find the Best Wedding Photographer in Oakville. In the next few minutes, we’ll be giving you our top tips and advice on how to find, choose, and hire the best Oakville wedding photographer for your nuptials (and why it’s so important). So clear your agenda, sip some matcha tea, take some mental notes, and we’ll tell you how to find the Oakville wedding photographer of your dreams. Enjoy!
A little further down in the guide, we’re going to tell you about wedding photography, what it entails and what a top Oakville wedding photographer does on your wedding day. We’ll also talk about why wedding photography is so important for your engagement and your wedding. Right now, however, we’re going to give you the most important information; how to find the best wedding photographer in Oakville. These are our top tips for finding, vetting, and choosing a top Oakville photographer.
We mentioned at the beginning of this guide that you should start making your plans and preparations right away for your big day. You might not be able to start all of them right now, but you can start looking for a photographer today. The reason why you want to start so early is simply that the best Oakville wedding photographers are usually also the busiest. They have years of experience and a lot of “word-of-mouth” authority that bring them new clients all the time. If you start looking too late, they will likely already be booked up and you’ll need to settle for second (or third, or fourth) best. As soon as you’ve finished reading this guide, go down to the next 2 tips and put them into play today.
Follow Several Photographers on Facebook (and other Social media Platforms)
Social media is a wonderful resource for finding a top Oakville wedding photographer. Not only can you find them easily, awesomely, you can also see what kind of feedback they’re getting from their clients. Even better, many times they will post their best photographs and post advice about things like how to look your best on your wedding day, how to stay calm, what props and backdrops you can use, etc., etc. Facebook and Instagram are the best but Twitter can also be helpful as well as Pinterest. We suggest that you “like” their page and also “follow” them so that you get to see all of their new posts.
Read Online Reviews
Years ago if you wanted to find out about a top wedding photographer in Oakville the best way to do that was “word of mouth” feedback. If you were lucky, you knew someone in your family or a friend that used a certain photographer and could tell you if they were good or not. It wasn’t perfect, to say the least. Today, however, there are review sites online that can give you a treasure trove of ratings and feedback from a photographer’s previous clients. They include WeddingWire, Google My Business, The Knot, and others. It goes without saying that you should be looking for a wedding photographer that has excellent and consistently positive feedback. Also, don’t be put off by any that have one or two negative comments – but look at how they responded to those comments instead. It’s difficult to satisfy 100% of the people – 100% of the time. How they respond to negative feedback, however, can show a lot about how a wedding photographer will take care of you on your special day.
Ask Questions Online
Social media is just that, a forum to socialize with people and businesses. Oakville wedding photographers are artists, of course, but they also run a photography business. That being said, asking them questions online and seeing how they respond and how long it takes them to respond can give you a lot of insight. If they’re friendly, respond quickly and give you information that you can use, excellent! If they don’t, they’re rude, or their answers seem scattershot, you probably should keep looking.
Meet With Your Top Oakville Photographer Choices in Person
After a few days or weeks of following several Oakville wedding photographers on social media and reading their reviews, it’s time to choose a few you like best and ask to meet them in person. This is a crucial meeting because it will show you, up close and personal, who they are. It will also give you the insight you need to know if you will work well together, which will be crucial during your hectic wedding day.
Ask to See Their Work
You wouldn’t hire a house painter or someone to remodel your kitchen without seeing what they’ve done in the past, and you shouldn’t hire a wedding photographer without seeing photographs of their past clients. Indeed, this is one of the most crucial tasks you have because it will give you an idea of the artistry and creativity that your photographer brings to the table, so to speak. What you want is for their photographs to make you smile, get you excited, and elicit other emotional responses. If they do, great! If not, you might want to give them a pass.
Have Them Shoot Your Engagement Photos
Over the last few years, a lot of couples have started hiring the best Oakville wedding photographers to take their engagement photos also. Yes, there is an added expense to this service, but we highly recommend it for one simple reason; it’s the best way to get to know your wedding photographer without your big day on the line.
What you need to remember is that, on your wedding day, you’re going to be excited, antsy, jittery, nervous, and have about a billion butterflies in your tummy.
In other words, your wedding day isn’t the time to have to suddenly get to know someone and start working with them. If they’ve already been with you to shoot your engagement photos, however, this won’t be a problem. You will know them and already understand their instructions and photo shooting style. Plus, they will know you and know how to coax the most beautiful smiles, poses, and positions out of you and your new spouse. In fact, you’ll be so much more at ease working together that your wedding photos will likely be even better.
The reason why wedding and engagement photography is so important is simple; when everything is said and done and your big day comes to an end, the photographs taken by your Oakville wedding photographer will be the one thing you can look back on in the future.
The thing is, everyone that you love will more than likely be at your wedding and reception. Your grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Your best friends from school. Your mom and dad and your siblings. All of them will be together in one place for one big day, something that for many people doesn’t happen all that often, if ever. Having beautiful photographs of all of those people you love will be some of your most treasured emotional connectors in the years to come. And, without being too maudlin, some of those people will pass away and the only thing you’ll have left are those beautiful pictures of them from your wedding.
Another reason why they are so important is that, like most weddings, yours will likely be a frenetic, fast-paced and relatively crazy affair that goes by so fast it will make your head spin. Without beautiful wedding photographs taken by a professional, you might miss a lot of the fun, funny, silly, and emotional mini-events that happened on your big day. Your first dance as a married couple, for example, or your grandpa sneaking in a quick kiss with your grandma.
So, why is engagement and wedding photography (in Oakville) so important? Because it will capture all of the wonderful moments of your wedding day for you to enjoy and reminisce over in the years that follow. Like a time machine, you’ll be able to go back to your big day whenever you like and let those photographs put a smile on your face one more time.
Most people don’t realize that wedding photography is an art and the people taking the photographs are artists who have honed their craft over many years. Also, there are several different sub-genres of photography that every great Oakville wedding photographer must master. When you include the knowledge that a wedding photographer needs to have about lighting, positioning, and timing, you realize just how much goes into photographing a wedding. (Hint: It’s a lot!)
Portraiture, otherwise known as “headshots” is the photographic art of capturing people’s faces. Not just any old photos, a great portrait will bring out the person behind the picture and show their spirit, heart, and soul. On your wedding day, this means you and your new spouse, of course, making portraits some of the most prized photographs in many couple’s collections.
Your wedding is a big event, including the ceremony and the reception. Being able to capture the scale of an event isn’t as easy as you might think but the best Oakville wedding photographers can do it with ease.
Documenting everything that happens on your wedding day, both with you and your spouse, and with all of the other people that you’ve invited, it’s a job in and of itself. If done correctly, what you’ll get is a timeline of how your big day unfolded that will be interesting, fun, and pack an emotional punch.
Have you ever tried to take photographs of a big group of people? If you have, you know how difficult it can be to make sure everybody’s on the same page, so to speak. The best Oakville wedding photographers take amazing group shots that you’ll treasure and want to give to friends and family.
Boudoir photography is quite trendy these days and entails taking photographs of you in sexy, alluring, and seductive poses, usually wearing lingerie (and sometimes nothing at all if that’s what you want). Sometimes couples will be in them together also, which takes a discerning eye and more than a little bit of discretion.
You, your lovely spouse and your family will be the subject of most photographs but there are a lot of other things that make the day special, including your wedding bands, flowers, decorations and so forth. Taking close-up photographs of these objects is another specialty that your Oakville wedding photographer has mastered.
Engagement photographs are a bit different from wedding photographs because you can be yourself and let the photographer see the “real you”. Your funny, silly, intellectual, or serious side can shine in your engagement photos. You can also use props, backdrops and other things to make them more interesting and special.
If you’re under the impression that a wedding photographer only takes photos, think again. The truth is, Oakville wedding photographers are some of the hardest working people in the photography industry. On your special day, they will be, far and away, the busiest person in the room.
For example, we just talked about all of the different sub-genres of photography your Oakville wedding photographer needs to master to make your big day shine. So, imagine what they need to do to shoot all of those different kinds of pictures on the same day and, in many cases, almost at the same time!
Boudoir photos in the morning as you’re getting ready. Event photos at the church and the reception venue. Close-up photos of things like the cake and your wedding bands. Group photos of everybody in several different locations. And all the while taking documentary photos so that, at the end of the day, you’ll have the photographic story of your most special of special days.
Not only will your wedding photographer be taking all of these photographs – but also – they’ll be coordinating, adjusting, setting up lights, and changing camera lenses as they go. Many people think of them as sort of a ‘wedding day tour guide’ who guides everyone into the correct positions, places, and areas as your wedding day moves from one place, and event, to the next.
You might not notice it on your wedding day because you’ll be too busy enjoying yourself, mingling with friends and family and basking in the glow, but your wedding photographer will be running around like a one-armed paper hanger! More than the servers bringing out the food, the band playing your music, or the DJ getting the crowd dancing and having a good time, your Oakville wedding photographer will be hard at work making sure they capture every special part of your special day.
What does a good Oakville wedding photographer do? The answer is, an awful lot! More than anyone else, they make sure that, when your wedding day is over and everyone has gone home, you have beautiful, emotion-filled photographs to look back on that will bring a smile to your face (and some tears of joy too) as you and your wonderful new spouse build your life together.
If you’re looking for the best wedding photographer in Oakville the first company you should seek out is Six City Photography. As a top wedding photography company here in Toronto, GTA and Oakville, Six City Photography only engages the top photographers with the most experience and expertise. Our photographers are true artists with a creative flair that brings out the very best in all of your wedding photographs.
To find out more or to hire Six City Photography, please leave your name and contact info and one of our friendly reps will get back to you ASAP. Also, congratulations on your engagement! Everyone here at Six City Photography wishes you the best!