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San Francisco Wedding Photography by IQphoto

SF Bay Area Photographer

Finding the right photographer is the beginning, but finding the perfect photographer is a start of journey that may last many years. It is one of the best investments to have a fantastic wedding photographer who is not only ready to capture all the intimate moments and carefully planned details but who will always be by your side.

But it can be very difficult to shop for photographers, find out what makes them unique, and know the right person to photograph your other half on the big day. It is therefore important to choose a wedding photographer you love now and will love for many years to come. To help you with this, we have put together some tips and tricks for you on how to choose your wedding photographer. We've covered countless weddings in San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide.

First of all, I would highly recommend booking a venue together with a chosen photographer. It's like having a free second opinion. An experienced photographer can offer a "behind-the-scenes" point of view when it comes to lighting, time of the day, weather, pros and cons and so on. He can even recommend a similar venue that perhaps offers better value when it comes to photography.

Weddings are unique in scope and speed of action, so you will want to choose a photographer with a wide range of skills and experience as well as a great sense of style. You will be with your wedding photographer for most of the wedding day, so get to know him and make sure his personality matches yours. Don't ask the photographer a list of 100 questions by copy & paste from sites such as the Knot but rather let your photographer's personality and style play a bigger role in choosing a wedding photographer who is just right for you. Make sure they have enough time to get to know you and give you a sense of security.

Documentary Style

The contemporary style has become a very popular and widely used by many wedding photographers, features a series of candid photos covering the entire day. Photographer captures series of unique images aimed to “tell the story” of your wedding day. Drawbacks: There is no pre-planned “shot list,” only the photographer’s instincts; images are unpredictable. Low levels of available light may cause some pictures to look grainy. Most of our work is based on this style.

Editorial Style

The editorial style wedding photographers place the subjects in certain settings to take advantage of good lighting, specific location or backgrounds. Then, once the scene is set, the couple and their party are free to be themselves, and this results in a more spontaneous feel. Unlike the photo-journalistic style, editorial photography takes advantage of the photographer’s artistic judgment rather than capturing a series of moments. Many wedding photos on Instagram feature this style. We often use it when we cover SF City Hall weddings.

Traditional Style

The history of wedding photography starts with a traditional approach. This is the timeless style that you’ve probably seen time and time again. The hallmark of this style is carefully posed photographs of the key moments. Benefits: The traditional wedding photographers usually use a planned “shot list”, which means you’ll get all the important images. Drawbacks: The photographer virtually becomes a “wedding official,” directing the wedding party and guests according to a pre-planned list. This approach is very time-consuming, and as a result, the bride and groom end up spending less time with their guests. We use this style when taking posed family and group photos.

Wedding Photography by IQphoto

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